By Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
(University of Pittsburgh Press, Paperback, 9780822960362, 84pp.)
Publication Date: April 2009
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Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is assistant professor of English at Cornell University. She is the author of the poetry collection Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and coauthor, with Elizabeth Alexander, of the chapbook Poems in Conversation and a Conversation. Her poems have appeared in African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Rattapallax, Shenandoah, and in several anthologies including Bum Rush the Page and Role Call.
“What joy to enter the universe Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon wills into being. In ]Open Interval[ Jimi Hendrix, Robert Hass, Rilke, Bearden, John Goodricke, Blues, Desire, Longing, Supernovas, and more are all held together with lyrical daring and fierce imagination. Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon invents a new world to reveal to us the secret workings of the old.”
“At once luminous and fiercely heartrending.”
“Exceptional . . . represents a quantum leap in imagination, as she has discovered that the more distance one attains from the hardened self, the clearer it becomes to the observer. Her attention has swung from the relaxed narrative line to formal perfection.”