Wednesday, August 1, 2018

"Sea Sonnet: Dakar, 2018" by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

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August 1, 2018

Sea Sonnet: Dakar, 2018

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon reads "Sea Sonnet: Dakar, 2018."

About This Poem


"Inspired by a recent trip to Senegal and by my Pentecostal upbringing in Daytona Beach, Florida, 'Sea Sonnet: Dakar, 2018' is meant to evoke the tide, going out and returning like memory. I'm interested in the ways ritual and meaning travel, in language as vehicle. The poem attempts a written glossolalia, and includes a snippet of a gospel song I grew up singing in church, a section I remember for its syncopated rhythm. The poem is intended to be read both down the page and back up again."
—Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon


Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of ] Open Interval [ (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009). She is an associate professor of English at Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, New York.

Poetry by Van Clief-Stefanon


] Open Interval [

(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009)

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