Black Swan

Black Swan

by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon


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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)

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