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The Dying Meteorologist
In Acting My Age, the opening section of the collection, the poet Steve Luxton navigates retirement. With unflagging wit, he suspects he is viewed, if at all, as a curiosity or even sidewalk obstacle by hurry-by younger generations.... Growing older involves losses but also gains: a flourishing bond with wife and friends, and the acquisition of wisdom.
In the second, The Dying Meteorologist, from which the collection’s title derives, Luxton writes of the winter-long bout with cancer of a close friend. In this 22-poem cycle, he movingly records conversations, walks, drives and last days. These pieces celebrate life and friendship, under imponderable and fateful skies.
“The Dying Meteorologist is filled with depth, sensitivity, evocative imagery and a conversational tone that only a genuine poet-teller can muster. Luxton’s finest book to date....”
- ENDRE FARKAS, AUTHOR OF QUOTIDIAN FEVER: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (1974-2007)
“Steve Luxton may not, as of yet, have come to terms with death, but in The Dying Meteorologist, he is at least on friendly terms.... He brings wisdom and a good dose of wit to the everyday memento mori.”
- CAROLYN MARIE SOUAID, AUTHOR OF THIS WORLD WE INVENTED
“The Dying Meteorologist is a gripping verbal waltz with weighty reflections on love, aging, friendship and death that leaves us contemplating the unpredictable nature of our own lives.”
- MARJORIE BRUHMULLER, AUTHOR OF THE BELL YOU
“Steve Luxton’s The Dying Meteorologist poetry cycle has real urgency, suspense, and narrative power, and makes for compel- ling reading. Most of these poems feel as if they ‘arrived,’ were ‘given’ rather than made. If there were any justice, several would find permanent homes in important anthologies.”
- BARTON SUTTER, THREE-TIME WINNER OF THE MINNESOTA BOOK AWARD AND AUTHOR, MOST RECENTLY, OF NORDIC ACCORDION: POEMS IN A SCANDINAVIAN MOOD
“The honest, confessional speaker and the bittersweet address are refreshing, as much as the elegiac can be.”
-THE MONTREAL REVIEW OF BOOKS, SPRING 2020
Author Steve Luxton
Born in Coventry, England, Steve Luxton lives in Hatley in the rural eastern Townships of Quebec. He has taught at John Abbott College and Concordia University in the Montreal. 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, Iridium in 1993, Luna Moth and Other Poems in 2004, and In the Vision of Birds in 2012.
The Dying Meteorologist, Steve Luxton, 71 pp., 5 x 8, Poetry, April 2019
ISBN: 978-1-927599-47-1 (paper)...$18.95
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