Citizen: An American Lyric (Paperback)
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Citizen: An American Lyric (Paperback)

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Paperback 176 Pages / Published: 02/07/2015
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One of the breakout collections of the past ten years, Citizen illuminated a cultural and political moment in the West with unflinching power and breath-taking lyricism. Confronting issues of race and racism in prose, verse and image, Rankine ranges far and wide in her interrogation of identity, injustice and violence, making Citizen a masterpiece of polemical poetry and a classic for the ages.  

Everywhere were flashes, a siren sounding and a stretched-out roar. Get on the ground. Get on the ground now. Then I just knew. And you are not the guy and still you fit the description because there is only one guy who is always the guy fitting the description.

In this moving, critical and fiercely intelligent collection of prose poems, Claudia Rankine examines the experience of race and racism in Western society through sharp vignettes of everyday discrimination and prejudice, and longer meditations on the violence - whether linguistic or physical - which has impacted the lives of Serena Williams, Zinedine Zidane, Mark Duggan and others.

Citizen weaves essays, images and poetry together to form a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in an ostensibly 'post-race' society.

Claudia Rankine is the author of five books, including Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric as well as Citizen: An American Lyric. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she is the winner of many prizes including the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship. She is an adjunct professor of English and African-American Studies at Yale University, and has previously taught at Pomona College and the University of Southern California.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141981772
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 325 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Citizen feels raw ... this documentary-style look at America has catapulted Rankine into the spotlight ... She speaks to the vastly different ways racism and injustice are perpetuated across class lines in America today' - Guardian 

'Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry's forms ... one is left with a mix of emotions that linger and wend themselves into the subconscious' - The New York Times 

'Wonderfully capacious and innovative. In her riffs on the demotic, in her layering of incident, Rankine finds a new way of writing about race in America' - New York Review of Books 

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