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