Chlorophyll: Poems about Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
6 x 9 trade paperback
Available directly from the publisher and your local independent bookstore as well as Amazon and elsewhere!
Join us on a journey to the unspoiled forests of Upper Michigan ...
A long time ago young men wishing to be tall
scaled the mast of my octopus arms
and scanned the horizon of Lake Superior
for a glimmer of Canada. Usually we were cut down ...
For many of those who've lived there, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan can seem like a magical place because nature there feels so potent and, at times, full of mystery. After having grown up there, Raymond Luczak can certainly attest to its mythical powers. In Chlorophyll, he reimagines Lake Superior and its environs as well as his houseplants as a variety of imaginary and historical characters.
Ghosts dress in only gray and white.
"In Raymond Luczak's Chlorophyll, the devastating natural beauty of Michigan's Upper Peninsula is imbued with passions its reticent human inhabitants are loathe to express. Trees, lakes, and stones air their infatuations, their grudges, their mythologies and griefs. Through this forest of the otherwise unsaid, we catch glimpses of a speaker who knows there is no line to blur between 'person' and 'nature.'" Emily Van Kley, author of Arrhythmia and The Rust and the Cold
Spring is a girl who's cried all night
"Giving voice to the natural world, Raymond Luczak allows the rocks, trees, lakes, insects, and flowers that are part of flora and fauna of the region to speak for themselves, and they remind us that we are human, living in a more than human world." William Reichard, author of Our Delicate Barricades Downed and The Night Horse: New and Selected Poems
Two poems from Chlorophyll are available on YouTube (in ASL, voiced and subtitled):