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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia…

Citizen: An American Lyric (2014)

by Claudia Rankine

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Not quite poetry in the traditional sense, thoughtful and powerful writing. ( )
  James.Igoe | Jul 26, 2017 |
It's a powerful book. Don't start it on a night when you intend to read only a page or two. It might catch you up, and you will be doomed. Truthfully, it wasn't until I was a third of the way in that I really got involved, but I read all of the rest today, in two sittings (between stints outside, in the heat, in the garden).

In some ways, it's like swallowing a mouthful of ground glass. You know it hurts, and it's not going to hurt less as it passes through (nor should it). Not since I first saw the production on PBS of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow is Enuf" have I been as moved as I am today. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Jul 9, 2017 |
Beautiful and devastating, but I didn't think it quite matched up to Don't Let Me Be Lonely. ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
Really, I can't say anything; just read it. Damn. ( )
1 vote KatrinkaV | Oct 16, 2016 |
A devastatingly effective critique of the insidious operations of systematic racism in America and a portrait of black experience that blends lyric essay and poetry. This is certainly one of the most compelling things I've read about the current state of race in AMerica, and that's saying something considering all the thoughtful writing from academic prose to experimental poetry that is exploring the topic. I love the chimeric forms here, especially the careful placement of photos throughout. That visual component make the narrative all the more devastating. I honestly think the the armchair critics of this book shouting that it isn't poetry are using that as an excuse to consider the function of text and what it addresses. This is a seminal work, maybe the most important book of poetry this past decade. ( )
1 vote poetontheone | Sep 17, 2016 |
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