Citizen: An American Lyric (Compact Disc)

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By Claudia Rankine, Allyson Johnson (Narrated by)
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This book addresses the subject of racism in America from personal and political perspectives. Rankine writes honestly, spares nothing, and gives us a brilliant, beautiful book of poetry. — Carol Graser

Rankine documents the microagressions that every person of color encounters - from herself and friends all the way up to esteemed athletes Serena Williams and Zinedine Zidane - through a mixture of poetry, photography, and stream-of-consciousness meditation. If you have read Ta-Nehisi Coates's bestseller Between the World and Me, this is your next read.

— Katelynne Shimkus

Visually stunning, innovative, and form-bending, Citizen illuminates many of the more difficult to discern ways in which racism thrives in America today. Rankine blends prose poems with visual images to create a one-of-a-kind book that is as compelling to read as its subject matter is serious. This is not one to ignore. — Josh Cohen-Peyton

This book-length poem is so deep, so profound, and so insightful that it leaves the reader bobbing in its waves for days to come. Sharing her own personal experiences and digging into infuriating current accounts of anti-Black racism (most notably discussing Serena Williams and the disturbing treatment she has received in the limelight), Rankine's stark honesty is as heart-wrenching as it is refreshing. — Maya Bon


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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781494510510
ISBN-10: 1494510510
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Language: English