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: 9780822979678
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 11/15/2002
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 72
File size: 753 KB

Table of Contents

CONTENTS I LEDA 199 LEE STREET HOME: VOLUSIA COUNTY, FLORIDA EYE DINAH EIGHT PERIOD DAPHNE ROADSIDE STAND TAMAR’S BLUES II GETTING SAVED DANAE MAGNIFICAT PACKAGE BROTHER EUROPA: DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA THE DAUGHTER AND THE CONCUBINE FROM THE NINETEENTH CHAPTER OF JUDGES CONSIDER AND SPEAK THEIR MINDS INCUBUS MYTH BOP: HAUNTING III GROOVE SPRING BOP: NEW YORK, 1999 HUM LONG ROAD BOP: A WHISTLING WOMAN STRIP BLACK SWAN POSSESSION RED WHOREHOUSE SOFA 11:11 A.M. HELEN ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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