A Romantic through and through, Luxton trains a steady eye on Nature, his chief solace from the 'Gagworld' of personal and political relations. Though he questions his allegiance to the chaste meditations of Wordsworth, and wonders whether Berryman's manic wordplay is an equally outdated legacy, these two poets remain the presiding spirits of the book, and define the poles of its dialectic.
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.