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American Nocturne

Elisabeth Stevens

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  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-938144-31-8
  • Publication Date: 2015-05-15
  • BrickHouse Books, Inc.

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American Nocturne

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American Nocturne, Elisabeth Stevens’ sixth book of poetry, is unfet­tered, wide-ranging. Unlike her fifth col­lection, SIRENS’ SONGS, which was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the hundred best indie books of 2011 and focused intensely on romantic and sex­ual liaisons, AMERICAN NOCTURNE explores a world-wide geography and more, ranging expansively from conti­nent to continent, from reality to dream.

American Nocturne begins with a Manhattan sunset (the title poem) moves across the country, concludes in a sun-animated hospital solarium back in New York City. In between, the poet visits a North Carolina pizza parlor, a tour boat in Dunedin, New Zealand, and drives a mysterious passenger on a bureaucratic, night errand before realizing that her companion is “no longer living.”

Later, in “Voyage,” an ancient death ship ventures to “the edge of the earth,” and, in “Arachne,” a powerful spider offers the possibil­ity of transfiguration. In “Planting Trees,” the death of trees is coun­tered by the assertion: “I’ll plant as long as I can.”

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Stevens' fifth collection, Sirens’ Songs was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the hundred best indie books of 2011.

Elisabeth Stevens

Author-artist Elisabeth Stevens was born in Rome, NY, lived in NYC and the metropolitan area, and spent several decades in Baltimore.   She now lives and works in Sarasota, FL.   She is the author of 6 books of poetry, six books of short fiction, and many monographs, articles, and reviews about art, artists, and writers.   A former art and architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun and a former art critic for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Trenton Times. Stevens is a graduate of Wellesley College.   She received a Masters Degree in Modern Literature from Columbia University.  A “word-picture person,” Stevens has designed and illustrated many of her books with original graphics.

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