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Claudia Rankine Reads from “Citizen”


Poet Claudia Rankine reads from Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf, 2014), her book-length meditation on race in America.

“Claudia Rankine’s Citizen comes at you like doom,” wrote Hilton Als. “It’s the best note in the wrong song that is America. Its various realities—‘mistaken’ identity, social racism, the whole fabric of urban and suburban life—are almost too much to bear, but you bear them, because it’s the truth.”