Beautifully shaped and with language full of sensuous intimations, here is the latest volume of poems by Steve Luxton. From the tensile short lyrics of "Hermit Crab Song" to the loosely sash
Beautifully shaped and with language full of sensuous intimations, here is the latest volume of poems by Steve Luxton. From the tensile short lyrics of "Hermit Crab Song" to the loosely sashaying rhythms of "Morning After: At the Dacha," Luxton's sustained vision compels and fascinates.
As G.V. Downes comments in Canadian Literature, Luxton is both original and aware, a poet "who sees with precision" the Canadian landscape. Like the being in the title poem "Iridium," the reader is urged for a moment to relinquish the grotesque world of appearances to find shapes that sound, touch, and endure — shapes...
" which I, floating on
my usual waking surface,
must drown thoroughly
— from Iridium
Born in Coverntry, England, Steve Luxton lives in Montreal and also near Ayers Cliff in the rural eastern Townships of Quebec. He has taught and teaches at John Abbott College and Concordia University in the city. An original editor of both Matrix and The Moosehead Review, his first complete book of poems the hills that pass by was published in 1987, his second Iridium in 1993, and his third Luna Moth and Other Poems in 2004. In the Vision of Birds is his fourth complete collection.
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"...here, for those who know Montreal's east-end porches and staircases, England and Quebec fuse."
— Canadian Literature
"It moves me very much — a soul crying out in the wilderness, with a strange, mad rhetoric...."
— Louis Dudek
"This is a most interesting poet."
— The Victoria Times Colonist