Northwest Passage presents a collection of poems that traces the poet Wayne Luckmann's own development and the development of his poetry in both style and substance. The poems in this collection present the significance and meaning of various events during several decades, many of those events taking place within the rich setting of the Pacific Northwest.
From the disturbing imagery of "Nuremburg Revisited" to the hope of a new year in "Reconnaissance," Luckmann offers his responses to his environment, the lives of people who have had a significant influence on the history of ideas, and events in his own development.
"Wayne Luckmann writes with a gathering force. Image is added carefully to image to combine an emotional with an intellectual effect. His desire to combine intellectual reactions with emotional responses dictates situation, language, and length in his poetry. A situation suggests an idea in turn suggesting language and a poem begins to emerge."
-Spring Rain Press
Aftermath The sleeping warmth beside me The glow within Beyond the shaded window pane Mute on clinging leaves still green Small on gravel darkening Dull upon the soggy lawn Soft autumn rain Steeps the spent dawn