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Citizen
Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine
* Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry ** Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry * Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism * Winner of the NAACP Image Award * Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize * Winner of the PEN Open Book Award *ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR:The New Yorker, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, NPR. Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Slate, Time Out New York, Vulture, Refinery 29, and many more . . .A 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 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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mklong
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Powerful use of second person POV, along with visual art, photo, and video to convey the cumulative effect of everyday racism. This is not the type coming from overt racists, it‘s far more insidious and would come from people who would swear that they aren‘t racist at all.

Sorry #LMPBC buddies, last week got away from me but it is heading out to @bookishthoughts today!

TheBookKeepers No worries! I was late mailing mine out as well bc I forgot to do it before we left town for the holidays! But mine went out in today‘s mail too! 1w
Bookishthoughts No worries cant wait to read it! Love your vase, is it from NM? 1w
mklong @bookishthoughts Thanks! I bought it at a Southern pottery show so I don't think so. 1w
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SW-T
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Mehso-so

Interesting blend of poetry, memoir, essays, and collage. Some of it worked really well, but other parts either didn‘t have the same resonance or felt repetitive.

#poetry #memoir #racerelations

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shortsarahrose
Citizen: An American Lyric | Claudia Rankine

Following up on the #qotd from earlier this week, here‘s an article from Slate with their thoughts on the 50 best nonfiction books of the last 25 years. Perhaps some future classics?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/slate.com/human-interest/2019/11/50-best-nonfiction...

ljuliel Thanks for the list. I‘ve looked through it before and have only read 2 off the list. I don‘t think either one would qualify as a future classic but that‘s only my opinion. Since I haven‘t read any of the others , I can‘t really comment on them. Thank you for the list though. 3w
shortsarahrose @ljuliel I mean, these things are always subjective (including what a “classic”) is, but there are a couple that might stick around (Citizen, Fun Home, New Jim Crow) 3w
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lovelybookshelf
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My fiction/nonfiction book pairing for #NonficNov is FRIDAY BLACK, a collection of speculative fiction short stories with CITIZEN, nonfiction essays, images, and poetry. If you found one of these books powerful, I think you‘ll find the other equally compelling. They both creatively tackle the exhaustion that comes with dealing with microaggressions (and flat-out aggression) of being Black in an America that perpetuates institutional racism.

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Redheadrambles
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I think this is probably excellent and I enjoyed most of it but my caveat needs to be I am inept at appreciating poetry. I nearly always would rather spend time with a novel. I can only point feebly at bits I liked without having the language to say why. Predictably, my finger hovers over sections that are more like prose than poetry ( that bit on Serena was a highlight).
#readharder2019 - Poetry

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ephemeralwaltz
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I finally picked this up because we talked about it in one of my American Studies classes that I'm taking and wow, was this an experience. A blending of poetry, visual collage, prose, memoir that takes a look at the problems that still permeate race relations in the 21st digital century in a society that boasts about calling itself and being "post-racial." A punch to the gut ?

ju.ca.no I‘m intrigued! 2mo
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Plaidsticks
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This has been on my list FOREVER. Excellent read.

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AnneCecilie
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Rankine writes pose poetry. I don‘t often read poetry so I don‘t think I got everything thing, but I think I got her main points about racism and prejudices, and as a sports idiot I liked her sports references even if I don‘t watch tennis.

The poems are though provoking and eye-opening. They focus on the everyday racism like receiving a credit card from an African American and returning it to their white friend.

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AnneCecilie
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charl08 She's a powerful one. I must pick this up again. 4mo
ulrichyumiodd I loved that book! 4mo
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AnneCecilie
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Maybe it‘s time to do something about our prejudices?

Aimeesue Such a great, eye-opening read. ❤️ 4mo
AnneCecilie @Aimeesue I know. There‘s a lot about the prejudices that people would never acknowledge that they have. 4mo
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AnneCecilie
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With the upcoming events with Rankine on Monday and Tuesday, I thought it was about time I started reading the poetry collection she will talk about.

I‘ve just finished the first part and I have a feeling that Rankine has a lot to say.

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Caterina
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Today is #SelfCareDay! (Thanks @wanderinglynn for your post) What #selfcare are you doing today? Ideas: watch the sunset, call a friend, put clean sheets on your bed, give yourself time to get stuff done that's been nagging you, take a bath, read with a favorite snack! Today self-care looked like me taking a nap to recover from a migraine, and now reading in bed instead of working out at the YMCA. 😊 #BFC #BookFitnessChallenge #BFCr2 #BookNerdHerd

jb72 Sounds like that is exactly what you needed. So many people never think about self care the way they should. #booknookherd 5mo
Crazeedi I talked to my sister for an hour and listened while she ranted and then felt better. And it made me happy to lend her my ear. I also worked in garden for 3 hrs, so I got some physical activity I've been lax on. I am now snuggled in a bed of clean sheets and ready to read for the evening. I also listened to a book while I was gardening! My self care day! 5mo
BarbaraJean My self care this week was letting myself off the hook for some of my mid-morning walks at work. When it‘s already 88 degrees at 10am—it‘s okay to give it a pass! Then our Quiet Day at church today had the theme of grace—so many good reminders that it‘s okay to give myself grace (in fitness challenges as well as other areas of life!). 4mo
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TheNextBook
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Finished this book today and between the imagery and this style of writing I am highly recommending this book. It is a quick read but some may choose to take their time. The writing can definitely evoke a lot of emotions, many of which people will need time to work through.

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TheNextBook
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Reading this now. And wow. Talk about presenting in the most obvious way they harm that micro and macroagressions affect Black people. Her language is so direct that it is jarring. You don‘t expect to be hit in the face so thoroughly with these everyday disturbing occurences.

Lindy Love this book. ❤️ 6mo
TheNextBook @Lindy I‘m taking it all. The writing is incredible. 6mo
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megnews
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😡I‘ve been trying to get to this for awhile. I can see why it was a National Book Award finalist. Painful to read. Blood pressure raising. But sadly still necessary.

Book 131/165 4/13/19

suzisteffen Real. 8mo
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Colethulu
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New term, new books! #catsoflitsy #currentlyreading

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Vbrrgirl
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This may be a collection that I can‘t find enough of the right words to express the impact it has had on me. Powerful, stunning, educational, remarkable and a book to revisit with others. Let‘s start there. I am in awe of you Claudia Rankine. Thanks for making me read, think and emote simultaneously.

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MsLeah8417
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MsLeah8417
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You cannot drive yourself sane

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hjreviews
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Panpan

⭐️2/5 experimental prose poetry that commented on being black in America. Didn‘t do much for me but might be someone else‘s cup of tea ☕️

aquariusnat What motivated you to read it ? 9mo
hjreviews @aquariusnat I really love novels in prose and this was included in a display at my library for it. And after reading the back I thought it was going to be about social media so I was intrigued (not that a commentary on being black in America isn‘t worth reading especially with the current political climate) but the only reason I finished was because it was short. 9mo
aquariusnat It's always good to check reviews to get a general idea of what the book actually is about. Sometimes marketing writeups are purposely misleading to hook more readers. 9mo
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Literaturenut
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This was so powerful. It was amazing to listen to, but I also want to purchase the book and read it. I‘ll have to reread this one a few times to really get the full weight. Excellent.
#BooksForAllies #ItemOfClothingOnTheCover #PopSugarReadingChallenge #7of65 #audiobook

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Literaturenut
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Because white men can‘t police their imaginations, black men are dying.

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shortsarahrose
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I‘m not sure I can say anything eloquent enough to capture the importance of this book. The beauty of literature is that it can allow you to step into someone else‘s shoes and learn to empathize with struggles that are not your own. Rankine‘s work does that brilliantly. I think everyone should read this (and if you are apprehensive cause it‘s poetry, then let me suggest the #audiobook - Allyson Johnson‘s reading is on point).

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Emily92Bibliophile
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Great audiobook about Racism in the current Presidency, media, and American life. Everyone needs to read this. 🎧SCRIBD audio

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Ubookquitous
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Powerful prose poem tackling the everyday micro aggressions to the slanted media coverage...

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LizzieLou
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I resolved to read poetry this year and man, I picked a great place to start. I'm glad this is assigned reading, I might have to buy it to read again. People need to work so much harder to dismantle our racist society. We need to read these books so we see what consequences our actions have.

taraWritesSci A powerful book, and so important! 1y
UnabridgedPod That book is so amazing! My husband and I saw Rankine at the National Book Festival a few years ago—she read from Citizen, and hearing her read her poetry was so powerful. 1y
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kindergartenkat
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First library haul for my #readingwomen challenge! #ATB

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crhealey
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Getting a head start on The Festival of Arts and Ideas Big Read 2018 book! #nhv

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Katiesbookishlife
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This is the last book I have to read for this semester 👏👏👏👏

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peacegypsy
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Excited about this. Paging through, it looks thought-provoking.

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unabridgedchick
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Really incredible volume. Listening to it was a treat and I yearned for the printed word so I could reread and linger, flip back and forth when moved. Rankine's pieces are all stellar but to my surprise, her piece on Serena Williams had me breathless, partially because I'm just unfamiliar with tennis and Williams' career. Rankine's volume is a necessary read.

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unabridgedchick
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My first time listening to an audiobook of poetry. I like it and/but wish there were longer pauses between pieces. I want to mull over what I've heard or listen again - but finding good breaks isn't clear in this production

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WomanistBibliophile
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Searing, sorrowful, astute.

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WomanistBibliophile
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#nationalpoetrymonth has me reflecting on some of my most beloved poems. Here‘s one.

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WomanistBibliophile
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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 a presence, 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.

#invisiblewoman #womanistbibliophile #sorrow

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Redwritinghood
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I quickly got through this short audiobook while doing some housework. I‘m so used to listening to audiobooks at 1.25 or 1.5 speed that I get impatient listening at normal speed, so I zoomed right through this one. This is a great meditation on race and the feeling of not being seen, sometimes literally. It is a collection of free verse on the author‘s experiences and reflections on relevant events surrounding the black experience, in general.

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Nichie93
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Half the time I was lost ... did not like it

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faelinwolf
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You are you even before you

grow into understanding you

are not anyone, worthless,

not worth you.

Even as your own weight insists
you are here, fighting off
the weight of nonexistence.

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NAM99
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Managed to read a lot this weekend while traveling. Citizen was a powerful book of poetry.
Ruthless gave me some more time in Rosewood, which everyone needs.
Back Spin have some more background to Win which was fascinating.
Scrappy Little Nobody confirmed that if she wasn‘t super famous, I‘d totally want to be friends with Anna Kendrick

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MidwestCrazed
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Still chugging away at #24in48. Enjoying this, but I don‘t think I would like it in print.

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wistfulthinking
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"I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background." — Zora Neale Hurston •• Citizen by Claudia Rankine explores the unsettling moments of black men and women living in America. You'll want to finish it all in one day.. and then reread it.

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hike.read.repeat
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Another quick listen. Interestingly, this book is mostly written in the second person.

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heikemarie
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I have missed you Littens. This already stressful time of year is compounded by a cold turning into bronchitis paired with not enough sleep for that, unexpectedly having to move, etc. There were some packages downstairs that I didn‘t get to open today but I hope one is my #secretsantagoespostal because it hasn‘t shown yet 🤷‍♀️

Read this in anticipation of gifting it to my sis for Christmas. It was amazing.

NCNY Feel better and get lots of rest! 2y
Cinfhen Feel better💛 2y
bookloo Sending love...♥️♥️ 2y
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BarbaraBB Sending good vibes 🍀🙏 2y
Q84 Feel better soon! 2y
cobwebmoth Hope you feel better soon! 2y
AshleyS Please let me know if you don‘t get your secretsanta package! I sent it last Friday and it was supposed to be there the 19th or 20th but I unfortunately lost the tracking info :( 2y
heikemarie @AshleyS oh, no it didn‘t arrive! No worries at all, the post is crazy this time of year. Did you happen to send it certified mail? If so, it may be at the post office. Otherwise, I get to enjoy a later surprise 💜 I peeped the wrapping paper you used and I‘m really excited!! 😻 2y
heikemarie @NCNY @Cinfhen @bookloo @BarbaraBB @Q84 @cobwebmoth Thank you all! You are such beautiful people 💜 2y
NCNY Hope you're feeling better. Did you by any chance get a little box from me? It says it was left at the rear door on Tuesday. 2y
heikemarie @NCNY Argh my new landlord doesn‘t allow me access to the rear!! Then she doesn‘t text when I get something. I‘ll text her. Thank you!!! Yours is going out today. Late as usual 🙄 2y
NCNY I was secretly afraid you were going to say "We don't have a rear door." Glad to hear it's just been sucked into landlord black hole. ? 2y
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BeththeBookDragon
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It's too cold outside for this soccer mom. I'm in the car, listening to the end of my current read and updating my #LitsyAtoZ...

OrangeMooseReads That‘s were I spend soccer practice too lol 2y
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BrittFrancko
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"Yes, and this is how you are a citizen: Come on. Let it go. Move on."

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JacintaMCarter
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#2017Book173
This is an incredibly important book when you consider what's happening in the United States right now. The writing is powerful and forces you to take a long, hard look at what our country has become (or more accurately, what it's always been). That being said, some of the writing ventures a little too far down the road of obscurely metaphorical poetry, making it drag a little more than it flows. Overall, I recommend this to everyone.

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