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Black Swan
by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002
Paper: 978-0-8229-5787-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-7967-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3622.A585B56 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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