Thursday, January 13, 2011

Review of An Open Door in the Landscape


Rare is the writer who excels at both fiction and poetry. Harvor, however, makes the cross-genre leap look effortless. Her preoccupations in An Open Door in the Landscape are the same as those of her earlier work: love, obsession, betrayal, longing. There is a startling intensity about all of her work that is especially at home in poetry. Also, the poems in An Open Door take full advantage of Harvor’s disquieting ability to describe the details of everyday life with such originality that the ordinary is no longer ordinary.

Letters permeate this collection. People drafting letters, people mailing letters, people waiting for letters. Letters received. Letters never sent. These missives allow Harvor space to explore human communication and, even more so, human miscommunication. They also give her the opportunity to question how much truth of a person’s life can be captured on the page and how much writers must mine the lives of those around them in order to compose work that is plausible, compelling, and meaningful...

Read the entire review by Angie Abdou at http://www.ferniefix.com/article/open-door-landscape-elisabeth-harvor