Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric

A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric. Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media. Some of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and some are intenti A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine's long-awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don't Let Me Be...

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Title:Citizen: An American Lyric
Author:Claudia Rankine
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:Citizen: An American Lyric
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:169 pages pages

Citizen: An American Lyric Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 01, 2016
    Claudia Rankine zeros in on the microaggressions experienced by non-white people, particularly black females, in the United States. These kinds of books basically make me feel: Possibly the most memorable essay in here examines Serena Williams and her experiences in tennis - ho...
  • Bill  Kerwin
    Dec 05, 2015
    Do you remember that incident early in the primary campaign in 2016 when a young black woman staged a silent protest by reading a book during a Trump rally? Well, this is the book, and I think you should read it too. It covers some of the same ground as Coates' Between the World and ...
  • Lee
    Mar 22, 2017
    Rivetingly worth it for the Serena Williams section and the slices of life in the first half that so effectively/efficiently dramatize overt and less obvious instances of racism. I didn't engage to the same degree with the deeper-POV parts (prose poems) or the situation video texts tow...
  • Justin
    Oct 13, 2014
    I'll just say it. Most important poetry book of the year. Brilliant, deeply troubling, beautiful. It better dang well win the National Book Award. ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Apr 05, 2016
    I repeat what Bill Kerwin reminded me of in his review of this book: At a Trump rally, there is a woman sitting behind him reading a book while he speaks. Citizen: An American Lyric is the book she was reading. Trump is of course unapologetically and infamously racist against various r...
  • Kelly
    Jun 19, 2015
    A damn hard read but a damn necessary one. ...
  • Roxane
    Dec 12, 2014
    This book is necessary and timely. It was timely fifty years ago. I pray it is not timely fifty years from now. Rankine takes on the realities of race in America with elegance but also rage/resignation... maybe we call it rageignation. Outstanding book. ...
  • Julie Christine
    Mar 03, 2015
    Look at the cover. A hoodie. The iconic image of American fear. Urban danger. Gang-bangers. A seventeen-year-old boy in Miami Gardens, FL. The shooting death of an unarmed black man The shooting death of an unarmed black man The shooting death of an unarmed black man Let M...
  • Jean
    Apr 14, 2015
    I went to pick this up from the library and had some extra time so I started to read it. Before I knew it I had read over half of the book. It is just that good. Leaving the library I ordered a coffee at Starbucks and finished it. Now I am heading home where I will reread and really sa...
  • Ron Charles
    Jan 21, 2015
    Had the pleasure of talking to Claudine Rankine's editor about this remarkable book: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/s... ...
  • Trish
    Jan 20, 2015
    Race is something we Americans still have not gotten right. Rankine?s small book of essays tells us the myriad ways we consistently misinterpret others? motives, actions, language. She writes in second person: "you." It is agonizing to display our flayed skin to the salt of another...
  • Thomas
    Jul 27, 2017
    A piercing and perceptive book of poetry about being black in America. With rightful anger and sadness Claudia Rankine details the racism she has experienced in the United States, as well as the racism that surrounds popular black people in the media like Serena Williams, Barack Obama,...
  • Karen Witzler
    Dec 09, 2014
    Magnificent. Read it all in one flow. Claudia Rankine gives us an act of creativity and illumination that combats the mirror world of unseeing and unseen-ness that is imprinted onto the American psyche.I can't fix it or even root it out of myself but Rankine gives me, a white reader, (...
  • Jonfaith
    Apr 07, 2018
    Citizen is an exploration of attitudes, a loose leaf dispatch on race. Is it a meditation on anger? On images and bodies?Is language as violent as memory? Is it privilege to be oblivious? I said aloud while reading that, ?my mental misanthropy is presently blooming.? I stumbl...
  • Didi
    Mar 01, 2015
    This is a poignant powerful work of art. It's more than a book. The sections study different incidents in American culture and also includes a bit about France (black, blanc beurre). (That part surprised me.) Rankine does a brilliant job taking an in-depth look at life being black. She...
  • Ellie
    Jan 16, 2015
    Citizen: An American Lyric is a powerful work, the most recent by poet Claudia Rankine. It is cry about racism, prose and poetry with the line between the two often blurred or non-existent. It is "political poetry" at its best, most moving, uncomfortable for me as a white woman but sea...
  • Rowena
    Dec 28, 2014
    This was quite an emotional read for me, the instances of racial aggressions that were illustrated in this book being unfortunately all too familiar. The thing is, most people who commit these microaggressions don't realize they are making them yet they have an accumulated effect on th...
  • Hadrian
    Apr 27, 2015
    This is incisive poetry. I read it in a sitting. It's a sort of essay about the kinds of psychological burdens that black people have to deal with constantly about the stigmas of race and certain other people just want to ignore and drown out those who speak out about it. (See the one ...
  • Aubrey
    Jul 07, 2014
    You begin to think, maybe erroneously, that this other kind of anger is really a type of knowledge: the type that both clarifies and disappoints. It responds to insult and attempted erasure simply by asserting presence, and the energy required to present, to react, to assert is accomp...
  • s.penkevich
    Jan 28, 2015
    **Update (4/6/16)** Tonight I had the privilege to attend a reading and discussion with Claudia Rankine here in Holland. It was a real treat. Especially powerful was seeing the visual elements of her book brought to life on the screen, with the video (made by her husband John Lucas), t...
  • Jake Goretzki
    May 25, 2015
    Clearly - from the blurb and the plaudits - this is an 'important work' - and my failure to 'get it' is a failure to police my mind (or something). Ominously, it got rave reviews from Hilton Als - whose recent memoir gave me similar migraines. I did find moments of lucidity (on S...
  • Tori (InToriLex)
    Jan 18, 2017
    Find this and other Reviews at In Tori Lex This book is a beautiful reflection at how racist microaggressions that most minority's face mentally chip away at the people who experience them. It's documents the weight of excusing racists slights and ignoring views in attempts to just ...
  • Debbie "DJ"
    Dec 13, 2014
    Claudia Rankine is an absolute master of the written word. Her gripping accounts of racism, through prose and poetry, moved me deeply. I saw the world through her eyes, a profound experience. I loved this small piece of prose, "feeling most colored when thrown against a sharp white...
  • Dc
    Sep 23, 2014
    claudia rankine is oxygen to a world under water. ...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    Apr 15, 2017
    4.5 stars I read about 40 pages of this back in September for Diverseathon, but for some reason, I really couldn't get into it then. Maybe it was that I should've have forced myself to read it in such a quick amount of time, because this story definitely warrants taking your time an...
  • Richard
    Nov 11, 2014
    I am not rating this as a book of poetry. CITIZEN is a difficult book, not because of the language but because of the cumulative effect of purposeful and absent-minded and unaware racist incidents. Whereas, for me at least, the power of poetry arises from the uses of language and it...
  • Nicholas Sangiacomo
    Feb 10, 2015
    I really, really want somebody to explain to me how this book is anything more than a commercialization of white guilt, specifically within the 'intellectual' community. We are reading this in a poetry class at my college, and I am shocked that people are so reverent. I am not turn...
  • Robyn
    Jan 22, 2017
    "Those years of and before me and my brothers, the years of passage, plantation, migration, of Jim Crow segregation, of poverty, inner cities, profiling, of one in three, two jobs, boy, hey boy, each a felony, accumulate into the hours inside our lives where we are all caught hanging, ...
  • Carol Peters
    Oct 18, 2014
    OMG, imagine if you found yourself queer, or, OMGOMG, Inuit, or, OMGOMGOMG, black. You should read this book, as should every white (black), straight (queer) (all kind) person in this country & the world. But most people won't read it because Rankine is an artist, she write...
  • Book Riot Community
    Jan 06, 2015
    After reading Citizen, it?s hard not to hear Rankine?s voice as I ride the subway, walk around NYC, or even pick up other books. What did he say? What did she just do? We live in a culture as full of microaggressions as breaking new headlines, and Citizen brings it home. Whether Ra...