Friday, February 25, 2011

Elisabeth Harvor reviewed in Arc

I love the name of this review — "Sleepless nights and botched love affairs you do want to read about." The review is written by Peter Richardson and can be found in its entirety at

Here is a sampling:

"An Open Door in the Landscape, Elisabeth Harvor’s follow up to The Long Cold Green Evenings of Spring (1997), holds itself to the same standards she set with her award-winning debut, Fortress of Chairs (1992). Her new book demonstrates the virtues of waiting—and this writer has waited—for a group of robust narratives..."

"I was gobsmacked by this book. Few poets chronicle sleeping disorders, bouts of paranoia and fears of romantic ruin with as acute an ear for phrasing, or as sharp an eye for emotional atmospherics. Harvor makes sleepless nights, mistrusted building superintendants and botched love affairs eminently worth revisiting."

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Dawn Kresan at Art Bar

Tuesday March 1st, 8 pm.
Clinton's — 693 Bloor St. W.
Toronto, ON.

Dawn will be reading from her chapbook Framed, along with a few newer poems. Also reading at Art Bar that night are caroline di giovanni and Elizabeth Greene.

Framed explores the life of Elizabeth Siddal, who was married to the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. From the working class, Siddal’s association with influential artists and their upper-class patrons was dramatic and life altering. As a model, then pupil, she quickly developed artistic ambitions. Although she became a painter and poet in her own right, she is best known as a Victorian muse and the inspiration for her husband’s paintings. Although some supported her artistic development, including her husband and the art critic John Ruskin, they did so while upholding the doctrine that a woman’s primary duty was to her family. In Framed, Kresan regards class and gender as rigid structures that confined Siddal and the primary lens through which she was viewed.

Chapbook edition is limited to 60 copies, signed and numbered by the author. The binding has been hand sewn with linen thread. Laser printed on Neenah columns text paper in classic natural white. Collage end papers created with text and images from Russell Ash’s Dante Gabriel Rossetti (Harry N. Abrams Inc, 1995). The cover has been laser printed on handmade St. Armand Ontario flax canal papers. Published by Palimpsest Press in 2009.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Good Holding Ground

ISBN: 978-1-926794-05-1

"GOOD HOLDING GROUND is like entering a lush and sensuous garden filled with fruit and flowers, animals and birds, bodies and sex, a garden at once in splendid bloom and in the process of decay. In thrall to the sounds and shapes of things, Kerkham crafts her words with exquisite precision. Yes, she says, there is regret and sickness and death but there is also healing and love and compassion. By turns, tough, tender, elegant and disturbing, these spirited poems address the complicated business of being human. A debut collection well worth the wait." —Patricia Young