Claudia Rankine: Citizen: An American Lyric (2014)

17 April 2017, dusan

“Claudia Rankine’s bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seemingly slips of the tongue, and some are intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV—everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named “post-race” society.”

Publisher Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, MN, 2014
ISBN 9781555976903, 1555976905
169 pages

Reviews: Holly Bass (NYT), Nick Larid (NYRB), Dan Chiasson (New Yorker), Kate Kellaway (Guardian), Kenna O’Rourke (Adroit).
Commentary: LA Review of Books, (cont.).

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2 Responses to “Claudia Rankine: Citizen: An American Lyric (2014)”

  1. Ron Silliman on April 20, 2017 7:27 pm

    Bad tag. Citizen was nominated for major publishing awards both as criticism and as poetry, and won for poetry. What it is not, anywhere on any page, is fiction.

  2. dusan on April 20, 2017 7:45 pm

    Thank you for pointing it out, let it be so.

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