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Citizen An American Lyric Librarian s Note this is an alternate cover edition ISBN ISBN A provocative meditation on race Claudia Rankine s long awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don t

  • Title: Citizen: An American Lyric
  • Author: Claudia Rankine
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  • Page: 172
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  • Citizen: An American Lyric By Claudia Rankine, Librarian s Note this is an alternate cover edition ISBN 10 1555976905 ISBN 13 9781555976903A 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 inLibrarian s Note this is an alternate cover edition ISBN 10 1555976905 ISBN 13 9781555976903A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine s long awaited follow up to her groundbreaking book Don t Let Me Be Lonely An American LyricClaudia 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.

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    1. 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 Me, but Rankine is older and perhaps wiser And Rankine got there first.Her book is a well constructed bricolage of anecdote, poetry, criticism, and multi media presentation, expertly designed by Rankine s photographer h [...]

    2. 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 , the music all mingling with her words to create an intensely powerful and emotive display Rankine is a pure joy to hear read and speak, full of wit and humor and a reminder to us all that we all have the responsibility to co [...]

    3. 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 the psyche I hope this book will help people become empathic to the plight of others The question, How difficult is it for one body to feel the injustice wheeled at another is so apt, especially for those of us livin [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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 background As a huge Serena Williams fan, I read with rapt attention to the expose on Serena s plunge against that sharp white background I felt a sense of rage that has always been there, burning For Serena has claimed s [...]

    6. 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 manThe shooting death of an unarmed black manThe shooting death of an unarmed black manLet Me Google That For You Trayvon MartinMichael BrownWalter ScottEzell FordThe hoodie on the cover is empty Claudia Rankine fills it with experiences The experiences of Americans whose color has rendered them invisible to the many who are p [...]

    7. 4.5 starsI 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 and digesting what it s trying to say I continually put this off after that, citing that I was bored and didn t want to continue reading if it was going to be something painstaking.However, I brought this book home with m [...]

    8. This is a poignant powerful work of art It s 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 says the things that we have all said and describes situations we have all been in In the light of the horrors that are finally coming out in the US concerning the police and its poor treatment of Black Americans, this book sh [...]

    9. 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 star reviews for the nasty details I remember first hearing about this book from some sterile academic journal, but I was reminded of it again when a lady in the audience read it during a Trump rally in Iowa I like thi [...]

    10. 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 how she is portrayed, how she is treated on the court, her reactions and how those in turn are portrayed Also memorable to me are the little tidbits from Rankine s experience, such as people complaining to her about what they pe [...]

    11. 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, and Trayvon Martin and James Craig Anderson As Michelle Alexander writes in The New Jim Crow, we like to think that we live in a colorblind society, when in reality that false belief just blinds us to the ways we l [...]

    12. 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 day You take to wearing sunglasses inside.I call these essays while Holly Bass in the NYTimes calls them poems They are fragments, scripts or screenplays for video or film, shards of thought, sharp and able to pierce one wit [...]

    13. 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, the rope inside us, the tree inside us, its roots our limbs, a throat sliced through and when we open our mouth to speak, blossoms, o blossoms, no place coming out, brother, dear brother, that kind of blue Necessary [...]

    14. I really, really want somebody to explain to me how this book is anything 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 turned off by the fact that this is verse poetry I get it poetry can come in all forms and styles But this book sucks for two reasons, and the first is that the appeal of this book lies solely in White Guilt This book focuses on t [...]

    15. Find this and other Reviews at In Tori LexThis 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 exist as human.The book navigates between short poems and powerful vignettes One of the most memorable being the disconcerting feeling and shame that happens when your friend says something to you that is racist, and it [...]

    16. 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 Serena Williams on everyday racism on Zidane But for the most part, I found this terribly self indulgent, formless adolescent gloop that felt like listening to a cultural studies student breathlessly talking about last night s dream in a [...]

    17. 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 searing and with a beauty in the language that conveys the ugliness, the horror in much of what it tells.The book sent me to Youtube to hear Rankine reading, Rankine interviewed.Rankine is a major force, a brilliant poet a [...]

    18. 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.

    19. 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 Rankine is talking about tennis or going out to dinner, or spinning words until you re not sure which direction you re facing, there is strength, anger, and a call for white readers like myself to see what s in front of us a [...]

    20. 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 toward the end I suppose because the indirect, abstracted approaches didn t shake me as much charge me, so make me feel alert, as though reading a thriller and maybe felt like they were being used, filtered through Ar [...]

    21. I am not rating this as a book of poetryTIZEN 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 its incredible compression, and its reformulation of reality, this work develops on accumulated incident.An early example is based on Serena Williams and her experiences on the tennis court with a dishonest umpire and an opp [...]

    22. 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 races and religions, women, and so on , so the woman behind Trump uses the opportunity to read this anti racist book, knowing it will get national coverage we see the title, we check it out Powerful political commentary [...]

    23. 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, are there other readers the mirror keeps reflecting , a moment when I can walk through the glass And this is why I read books.

    24. Had the pleasure of talking to Claudine Rankine s editor about this remarkable book washingtonpost blogs s

    25. 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 accompanied by visceral disappointment a disappointment in the sense that no amount of visibility will alter the ways in which one is perceived.It s been peculiar witnessing the waves of hype surrounding Between the World a [...]

    26. 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 writes poetry poetic prose, she is intelligent associatively articulate, aka not as straightforward graspable as a peanut butter jelly sandwich Rankine feels deeply AND can put those feelings in words that burn me as if they were my own fee [...]

    27. 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 savor it Beautiful writing which struck many cords in my memory Who should read it Everyone who has an interest in racial and human conditions.

    28. The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions hidden by the answers James BaldwinIn Citizen An American Lyric Rankine s prose reads like a political essay than lyrical poetry However, her accounts expose prejudice both large and small She deals head on with atrocities that have been deemed fit for American headlines The Jena 6, Trayvon Martin, Hurricane Katrina, Have you seen their faces we are drowning herestill in the difficultyas if the faces in the images hold all the consequencesand the [...]

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