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Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric

by Claudia Rankine

Feel good. Feel better. Move forward. Let it go. Come on. Come on. Come on.


Claudia Rankine (photo: John Lucas)

Jamaican-born author Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, two plays, and numerous video collaborations. Citizen: An American Lyric is sweeping the country, already chosen by dozens of schools and centers as a community read book. It was a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry and winner of the NAACP Image Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the PEN Open Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry while at the same time was a finalist for the same award in criticism. It was also named one of the best books of the year by numerous media outlets, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, and Publisher's Weekly. The book lays bare moments of racism that often surface in everyday encounters. It combines poetry with commentary, visual art, quotations from artists and critics, slogans, and scripts for films. It's "an anatomy of American racism in the new millennium" (Bookforum) and "an especially vital book for this moment in time" (The New Yorker).

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