An American Tale

Jamaican-born author Claudia Rankine is the author of Citizen: An American Lyric. It was named one of the best books of the year in 2014 by numerous media outlets, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Public Radio, and Publisher’s Weekly. The book lays bare moments of racism that often surface in everyday encounters. It combines poetry with commentary, visual art, quotations from artists and critics, slogans, and scripts for films. In the video below, Rankine reads an excerpt from the powerful book-length poem.

Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, published by Graywolf Press in 2014, is the first work of poetry to become a New York Times bestseller for multiple weeks on the paperback nonfiction list. It won the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry. It is a touchstone for talking candidly about racism. Through a series of vignettes, the book recounts everyday moments of racism.

To learn about using Citizen: An American Lyric check out this resource on the publisher’s website.


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