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  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141981789
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

Citizen

An American Lyric




The critically acclaimed exploration of mounting racial aggressions in 21st century daily life and in the media

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.

Awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry in America after becoming the first book in the prize's history to be a finalist in both the poetry and criticism categories, Citizen weaves essays, images and poetry together to form a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our ostensibly "post-race" society.

  • Published: 2 July 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141981789
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the author

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five books, including Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric and the bestselling 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.

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