An avid fisherman, canoeist, and hiker, Luxton explores and records in memorable detail the region around his home in Quebec. This collection brings together for the first time 35 years of his best nature poems, including new and previously unpublished work. Influenced by fellow Eastern Townshippers, F. R. Scott, Louis Dudek, Ralph Gustafson, and D.G. Jones, Luxton has developed a mature and authoritative voice uniquely his own. Rich in language and metaphor, these poems dazzle at times with their depth and dissolve the barrier between Man and Nature. With a true and finely honed poetic gift, unsentimentally post-pastoral, Luxton vividly portrays the natural world's green particulars?what the Zen Buddhists term “The Ten Thousand Things?.
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.