By Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
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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