A Script for All Citizens (Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine)

Citizen by Claudia RankineThere are already plenty of glowing reviews out there for Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf 2014), which was recently named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards (in two categories, no less), but this book deserves every accolade and rave out there. In a series of vignettes, poems, and “scripts”, arranged in a volume whose artful design makes it well worth it to get your hands on the real thing, Rankine expertly distills the human experience of racism. Readers will come to imagine both their participation and their victimization in a society which dehumanizes a people in the smallest, darkest, and most permanent ways, and each one of us will be all the better for it.

Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric. Published by Graywolf (2014). 160 pages.

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. In The Margins E6: Road Trip: Tate Street goes to AWP 2015 | Tate Street

Share your thoughts with TSHS!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: