Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon's Black Swan (Pitt Poetry Series) PDF

By Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

ISBN-10: 0822957876

ISBN-13: 9780822957874

Winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Prize

Selected via Marilyn Nelson

Finalist, 2003 Paterson Poetry Prize

"Imagine Leda black—" starts Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon’s fascinating new choice of poems. blending vernacular language with classical mythology, smooth struggles with Biblical trials, she supplies voice to silenced ladies prior and present.

In Van Clief-Stefanon’s strong voice, final night’s indignant phrases "puffed / into the darkish room like steam / punching in the course of the thick floor / of cooking grits." She recollects a child’s innocence "lost / in the home the place I discovered the purple rug / opposed to my chest, my knees / my tongue, . . . ." Black Swan is stuffed with soreness, loss, desire, and the promise of salvation.

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