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Citizen : : an American Lyric

Rankine, Claudia, 1963- Book - 2014 811.54 Ra, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Literary Arts / Essays / Rankine, Claudia 12 On Shelf 1 request on 14 copies Community Rating: 4.8 out of 5

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Call Number: 811.54 Ra, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Literary Arts / Essays / Rankine, Claudia
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"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 intentional offensives in the classroom, at the supermarket, at home, on the tennis court with Serena Williams and the soccer field with Zinedine Zidane, online, on TV--everywhere, all the time. The accumulative stresses come to bear on a person's ability to speak, perform, and stay alive. Our addressability is tied to the state of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectations of citizenship. In essay, image, and poetry, Citizen is a powerful testament to the individual and collective effects of racism in our contemporary, often named 'post-race' society."--from publisher's description.

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A Powerful Book submitted by DBJC on June 16, 2017, 3:37pm Rankine's book is composed of essays, photos, transcripts, and poetry about the prevalence of blackness in the twenty first century. Her choice to use mixed media is a powerful witness to the issues and struggles that many people with darker than accepted skin deal with on a daily basis. She uses a quote by Zora Neale Hurston, "I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background" that is stamped repeatedly on a spread. It is chilling to see, especially as blackness is ultimately defined by whiteness. Her poetry, in addition to the other media presented in the book awakens an exploration of blackness that reminds us that colors are ever-present in a 'colorblind' world. The way that our present society defines these colors are not as beautiful as they should be, because it is whiteness that defines which colors are citizens.

Beautiful and Power submitted by dntanzer on August 31, 2018, 2:57pm The writing style in this book is gorgeous and fluctuates between poetry and lyrical essays. It touches on race and modern racism using examples like the hardships Serena Williams faces. I found it both educational and beautiful to read.

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PUBLISHED
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2014]
Year Published: 2014
Description: 169 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781555976903
1555976905

SUBJECTS
Poetry.
Essays.