A provocative meditation on race

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry

Winner of the NAACP Image Award

Product Code: 8354
ISBN: 9781555976903
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Published Date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 160
Availability:In stock
Price: $20.00

Claudia Rankine's bold 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 society.

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