In “Impossible Interludes,” original copperplate etchings illustrate the unusual experiences of Stevens’ characters. The three plays are individually titled ‘I Told You So,’ ‘The Other Shore,’ and ‘The Aura.’
As in all Stevens’ books, words work with images to depict strange and fascinating circumstances. This is Stevens’ first published book of plays, though she has published six books of poems, six books of short fiction, and many articles. ”Like the process of writing an imaginary narrative, the process of etching metal plates with acid produces unpredictable, often surprising results.” The same is true of the way the characters in “Impossible Interludes” live their lives.
”Stevens’ narrators ‘revel in the magic underlying the quotidian…’ ” — Perry Crow, “Kirkus Discoveries,” 2010
”Death and loss are in the palette of her words and graphics. There is also an erotic element.” — Dan Cuddy, “LITE, Baltimore’s Literary Newspaper,” 1999
”The world of which I do not tire is the world of the imagination.” — Elisabeth Stevens’ interview with Rosemary Klein and Barbara Simon, “Household Words” (2nd ed.), 2009