Black Swan

Black Swan

by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

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Overview

Winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Prize
Selected by Marilyn Nelson
Finalist, 2003 Paterson Poetry Prize

"Imagine Leda black—" begins Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon’s exciting new collection of poems. Mixing vernacular language with classical mythology, modern struggles with Biblical trials, she gives voice to silenced women past and present.

In Van Clief-Stefanon’s powerful voice, last night’s angry words "puffed / into the dark room like steam / punching through the thick surface / of cooking grits." She remembers a child’s innocence "lost / in the house where I learned the red rug / against my chest, my knees / my tongue, . . . ." Black Swan is filled with pain, loss, hope, and the promise of salvation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822957874
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/24/2002
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

Table of Contents

I
Leda3
199 Lee Street4
Home: Volusia County, Florida5
Eye6
Dinah7
Eight9
Period10
Daphne11
Roadside Stand12
Tamar's Blues15
II
Getting Saved19
Danae21
Magnificat23
Package24
Brother28
Europa: Daytona Beach, Florida29
The Daughter and the Concubine from the Nineteenth Chapter of Judges Consider and Speak Their Minds31
Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine31
But the men would not hearken to him32
Then came the woman in the dawning of the day33
And her lord rose up in the morning34
And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going35
And when he was come into his house36
Incubus37
Myth38
Bop: Haunting41
III
Groove45
Spring Bop: New York, 199946
Hum47
Long Road48
Bop: A Whistling Woman49
Strip50
Black Swan52
Possession53
Red Whorehouse Sofa55
11:11 a.m.56
Helen57
Acknowledgments59

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