In Elisabeth Harvor's poetry collection An Open Door in the Landscape, the real and the surreal exist side by side. Doors open on snow, war, influenza, summer and winter oceans, the efficiency of obsession, and men who can dance. In yet another world, on a hot city morning in our most recent century, the tiny industrial screech of insects in August gardens becomes a backdrop for a lovesick woman waiting on a veranda for the postman to bring her relief "in the last era before e-mail, in the last era before high tech gives short shrift to longing." Other poems shine out of more fleeting events, each poem radiating with the emotional intensity of its moment. Elisabeth Harvor's fiction and poetry have appeared in The New Yorker, The Hudson Review, PRISM international, The New Quarterly, The Ontario Review (Princeton), The Malahat Review, Our Generation Against Nuclear War, and many other publications. Her stories have been anthologized in Canada, the US, Europe and Mexico, and she has won a number of awards for her work, among them the Alden Nowlan Award and the Marian Engel Award. In 1993 her first poetry book, Fortress of Chairs, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 1992, and her second poetry book, The Long Cold Green Evenings of Spring, was a 1998 finalist for the Lowther Award. Excessive Joy Injures the Heart, her first novel, was named one of the ten best books of the year by the Toronto Star in 2000. Let Me Be The One, her third story collection, was a 1996 finalist for the Governor General's Award. (thebookpile)
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