Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine

By Claudia Rankine

A provocative meditation on race, Claudia Rankine’s long-awaited persist with as much as her groundbreaking ebook Don’t permit Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine’s daring new ebook recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century everyday life and within the media. a few of these encounters are slights, seeming slips of the tongue, and a few are intentional offensives within the lecture room, on the grocery store, at domestic, at the tennis court docket with Serena Williams and the football box with Zinedine Zidane, on-line, on TV—everywhere, for all time. The accumulative stresses come to endure on a person’s skill to talk, practice, and remain alive. Our addressability is tied to the nation of our belonging, Rankine argues, as are our assumptions and expectancies of citizenship. In essay, snapshot, and poetry, Citizen is a robust testomony to the person and collective results of racism in our modern, frequently named “post-race” society.

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The red-eyed rat Who chews dead things? That fearsome viper With fangs so bold? Let’s see—oh, no! I haves no gold. No flamey dragon So scalesome cute— Guess I’ll just takes This free dead newt. 39 Ghost Fish By William Shakespeery The goldfish had died an unfortunate death, Now his ghost haunts the toilet at night. Upside-down in the water, He waits in the darkness, His scales glowing skeleton-white. “I won’t be forgotten,” he bubbles in silence, While floating in fiendish delight. And when sleepy-eyed people Come park on the potty, He leaps up and gives them a fright.

As jet-black figures fiercely growl And wind their way upstairs, She squeezes shut her weary eyes And whispers desperate prayers. When scratching fingers reach the door, She starts to gasp and shake. She feels her heart pound thump, thump, thump, And waits for day to break. At last when brilliant sun spills in And floods her room with light, She’s thankful that she’s once again Survived a Witching night. 47 The Goblin Parade By Jennifer Cole Judd When the silvery moon Glimmers out from the gloom On the blackest of black Halloweens, While the children are sleeping The shadows come creeping, To begin the most frightening of scenes.

I’ve seen much from this lonely post. Come closer; look me in the eyes, And hear what you should fear the most. Too late! I’ve cast my spell on you! Now you’re a gargoyle just like me; For those who gaze into my eyes Are doomed to keep me company. The Wishing Well By Laura Wynkoop Throughout the dark and creeping woods, there lies a hidden trail That wanders to a wishing well within a misty vale. The local townsfolk, young and old, all know the well is cursed, And those who dare to make a wish had best expect the worst.

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