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Citizen: An American LyricBy Claudia Rankine

In a Nutshell

In her book-length poem, Claudia Rankine delivers an incisive and personal account of race relations in modern-day America.

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Because white men can't police their imagination, Black men are dying.

Claudia Rankine

Introduction

In 2014, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two young Black men, were killed by police.

Although both Brown and Garner were unarmed and non-violent, none of the policemen involved in their killings received any jail time.

Amid this civic outrage, Claudia Rankine began her book-length poem Citizen, a portrait of the Black experience in contemporary America.

Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, and playwright who teaches at Yale University.

In Citizen, Rankine takes a multimedia approach, including verse, prose, quotes, interviews, and visual art.

A New York Times bestseller and a winner of the Forward Prize for Poetry and National Book Critics Circle Award, Citizen stands as an important contributor to American poetry.

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