Citizen

Citizen

An American Lyric

Book - 2014
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Collects essays, poetry, and images that expose the racial tensions in twenty-first century life, highlighting the slights, slips of the tongue, and intentional offensives that pervade the home, school, and popular media.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781555976903
1555976905
Branch Call Number: 305.80097 R167c 2014
Characteristics: 169 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm

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Poet Claudia Rankine Comes to Tucson Today!

Renowned poet Claudia Rankine, author of five collections including the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric, will be speaking for free this Friday, September 16th at 7:00pm at the University of Arizona. Citizen is currently the only book of poetry that has made it to the New York Times bestseller as a work of nonfiction. It is a bold recounting of racial aggressions experienced as a black … (more)


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This book collects essays, poetry, and images that expose the racial tensions in twenty-first century life.

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PimaLib_RachelW Sep 27, 2016

Claudia Rankine was just announced as a 2016 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award winner!

“While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give us ample reason for hope. They are breaking new ground in areas of public... Read More »


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vm510 Nov 30, 2017

This collection does a lot and does it beautifully through prose, poetry, and photographs. Rankine describes slights and microaggresions she and people she knows have experienced. She writes about Serena Williams' career and the racism she has faced from referees and spectators (probably my favorite piece in the entire book). She writes about national news events and history - many which occurred in the early-to-mid 2000s including the Jena Six, James Craig Anderson, and Zinedine Zidane.

Cynthia_N Oct 26, 2017

Very powerful and some of it just shocking. Great read!

LPL_ShirleyB Aug 15, 2017

Savor this wise, lyrical prose of race awareness. And meet Rankine in person September 7, 2017 at KU's Lied Center in Lawrence, KS.

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uncommonreader
Jul 07, 2017

A collection of poems, notes for scripts, artwork and descriptions of situations. Racism is alive and well in the U.S. of A.

AL_MARINA Feb 13, 2017

Fearlessly, Rankine lyrically dissects shadow side of the American racial psyche. From the not-so-old wounds of slavery to the still bleeding ones that have sparked the Black Lives Matter movement, she succinctly illustrates the heavy weight of racial disparity and the reality of being black in America.

PimaLib_RachelW Sep 27, 2016

Claudia Rankine was just announced as a 2016 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award winner!

“While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give us ample reason for hope. They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all.”

—MacArthur President Julia Stasch

Read her books to find out why!

LPL_KateG Nov 30, 2015

I have a mental list going of "Things White People Should Read" - books that expose areas of privilege and oppression of which we may not be otherwise aware. Citizen by Claudia Rankine is a poetic, lyrical addition to this list.

SchroederTribe Aug 06, 2015

Incredibly beautiful and savage and heartbreaking. Somehow her poets voice immerses the reader into the injustice and the harm - not just John Henryism but PTSD that is the African American experience in an honest way. Taking the reader by the hand to bear witness.

On Serena:
"Perhaps the committee's decision is only about context, though context is not meaning. It is a public event being watched in homes across the world. In any case, it is difficult not to think that if Sernea lost context by abandoning all rules of civility, it coule b because her body, trapped in racial imaginary, trapped in disbelief --code for being black in America -- is being governed not by the tennis match she is participating in but by a collapsed relationship that had promised to play by the rules. Perhaps this is how racism feels no matter the context --randomly the rules everyone else gets to play out "I swear to GOD!" is to be called insane, crass, crazy. Bad sportsmanship. (30)

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Lirael
Feb 18, 2015

This amazing book is about the small moments that make someone feel less than, adding up over a lifetime, as the author says, "the anger built up through experience and the quotidian struggles against dehumanization every brown or black person lives simply because of skin color." And she asks if rage is not the most reasonable response to injustice, then what is?

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