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By Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

Winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Prize

Selected by means of Marilyn Nelson

Finalist, 2003 Paterson Poetry Prize

"Imagine Leda black—" starts Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon’s intriguing new selection of poems. blending vernacular language with classical mythology, sleek struggles with Biblical trials, she offers 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 during the thick floor / of cooking grits." She recalls a child’s innocence "lost / in the home the place I discovered the crimson rug / opposed to my chest, my knees / my tongue, . . . ." Black Swan is full of soreness, loss, wish, and the promise of salvation.

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