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Citizen : An American Lyric


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Total Pages: 174

Book Description:

Claude Rankine is an essayist, American writer, playwright, professor, and editor for several anthologies. She wrote many books of poetry and plays. However, Her well-known work includes Citizen: An American Lyric, two plays, five volumes of poetry, and different essays. 

She has done most of the writing work in the form of poetry. Her famous poetry book includes Citizen: An American Lyric. So, this book has won the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 2014 and National Book Critics Award in 2015. 

There are many other awards this book has won. It has won Forward Prize in 2015 for Best collection, PEN American Center USA Literary Award, VIDA Literary Award, PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Literary award. Moreover, This book was finalized for the National Book Award in 2014 and T.S. Eliot Prize in 2015. 

The fifth book of poetry by her, Citizen: An American Lyric, is about imagination and race in society. She said that this book is an attempt to bring back the lyric into the real world. From this book, you will learn about everyday RacismRacism and many more issues.

Rankine has won many awards for her services. She holds the honor of winning the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award in 2104 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Furthermore, she was also given the Jackson Poetry Prize and Lannan foundation Literary award in 2014. In 2015, she won Academic Fellowship’s award for distinguished poetic achievement by the Academy of American Poets. 


The author offered her services as a teacher in many institutions. She taught Poetry at Pomona College and also was a professor of Poetry at Yale University. She remained Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets as well. 

This book shows the implied judgments, remarks, and glances and how they flourish in society, and how discrimination has been outlawed. So, you can say this book is a meditation on violence, RacismRacism, art, and race. 

Rankine’s book is more than a poetry book. It looks like parables. She has shown in her book that RacismRacism is not an issue of the modern age it’s been present for decades. The author tried to make us realize that we are citizens of America, and we have to make efforts for the betterment of the state instead of being a follower of racism. 

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