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Citizen: An American Lyric

Citizen: An American Lyric

Escrito por Claudia Rankine

Narrado por Allyson Johnson


Citizen: An American Lyric

Escrito por Claudia Rankine

Narrado por Allyson Johnson

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4.5/5 (277 avaliações)
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Lançado em:
Apr 21, 2015
ISBN:
9781494580513
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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.
Editora:
Lançado em:
Apr 21, 2015
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9781494580513
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Sobre o autor

Claudia Rankine is the author of three collections of poetry: Nothing in Nature Is Private, The End of the Alphabet, and Plot. She teaches at the University of Georgia.

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  • This genre-defying work is a beautiful and horrifying account of the daily indignities, from the seemingly well-intentioned to the blatantly racist, that erode a person of color's sense of self and belonging. An especially valuable read for anyone who's been skeptical of the idea of microaggressions.

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  • This genre-defying work is a beautiful and horrifying account of the daily indignities, from the seemingly well-intentioned to the blatantly racist, that erode a woman of color's sense of self and belonging. This multifaceted look at feminism is an especially valuable read for anyone who's been skeptical of the idea of microaggressions.

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  • (4/5)
    Citizen is an exploration of attitudes, a loose leaf dispatch on race. Is it a meditation on anger? On images and bodies?Is language as violent as memory? Is it privilege to be oblivious?

    I said aloud while reading that, “my mental misanthropy is presently blooming.”

    I stumbled upon this book this morning, fully unaware. It was digested in a futbol half.
  • (4/5)
    I don't read enough poetry to judge whether this qualifies as a good or less good example of the modern form. But as a commentary on being Black in 21st century America this is a powerful document. I was most moved by the section on Serena Williams but every little story was heartbreaking and terrible.
  • (4/5)
    These lines from the book jacket say it all: "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's expositions are either acutely relatable or not. I suspect that if a reader isn't nodding his or her head in knowingness, then the entire work must be for that person enigmatically shrouded. For one it may be reality, for the other a reality check.
  • (4/5)
    I am a “liberal” “white” person. We are all so free with labels. Er think we know what everyone knows. And that everyone knows what we know. Or they should...but please don’t should on me. This book made me squirm. When I open my mouth, are my good intentions misunderstood? Pure intentions! In this day of amazing numbers of black men being gunned down by police acceptable?As we used to say about men sexually harassing women, is this OUR problem, that they can’t keep it zipped up? Ranking now points out that white [men/policemen] need to control their imaginations when confronting unarmed black men.
  • (3/5)
    I'm not sure how to describe this short book--poetry? prose? screenplay? It won the National Book Critics Award in Poetry and was also a finalist for the same award in Criticism. It also won the NAACP Image Award, as well as being a finalist for several other awards.It contains, among other things, a long story about a series of bad calls made against Serena Williams in 2004, 2009, and 2011, all apparently involving racial bias. She discusses friends who have crossed the line with her when they feel entitled to joke about racial matters (i.e. "nappy hair"), or those who have spoken with her on the phone, who express surprise to discover she's not white when they meet her in real life, and other indignities suffered merely because she is black, such as the store clerk asking her if she's sure her credit card will work.She takes a series of quotes taken from CNN after Katrina, and presents them as a poem, which includes Barbara Bush's unforgettable comment, "And so many people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this is working out well for them."There is a prose poem/script in memory of Trayvon Martin which ends with the following:"because white men can'tpolice their imaginationblack people are dying."This was like a scrapbook of various meditations on race. Many of the individual pieces were moving and unforgettable. However, overall, I found it sometimes disorganized, and some of the pieces did not engage me. (Some seemed to be intended to be presented visually, as in a video). Still, I could see that it is an important work.3 stars
  • (5/5)
    "At the end of a brief phone conversation, you tell the manager you are speaking with that you will come by his office to sign the form. When you arrive and announce yourself, he blurts out, I didn't know you were black!I didn't mean to say that, he then says.Aloud, you say.What? he asks.You didn't mean to say that aloud.Your transaction goes swiftly after that."******"I knew what ever was in front of me was happening and then the police vehicle came to a screeching halt in front of me like they were setting up a blockade. Everywhere were flashes, a siren sounding and a stretched-out roar. Get on the ground. Get on the ground now. Then I just knew.And you are not the guy and still you fit the description because there is only one guy who is always fitting the description."******"because white men can'tpolice their imaginationblack men are dying"******"Your friend is speaking to your neighbor when you arrive home. The four police cars are gone. Your neighbor has apologized to your friend and now is apologizing to you. Feeling somewhat responsible for the actions of your neighbor, you clumsily tell your friend that the next time he wants to talk on the phone he should just go in the backyard. He looks at you a long minute before saying he can speak on the phone wherever he wants. Yes, of course, you say. Yes, of course."Being black in America. Claudia Rankine brings that home in a way I haven't experienced before, in Citizen: An American Lyric. It's an amazing, heartbreaking book.
  • (3/5)
    This isn't a review but an observation, bearing on my project Writing with Images -- I am studying the history of fiction and other narratives with images. Given the fact that Rankine's interest is life as an African-American woman, and the racism with all the ordinary, sometimes daily insults, condescension, unthought disrespect, half-noticed slurs, and other painful experiences, it does not make sense that most of her illustrations are by successful artists. There is very little reference to the artists in the text, which I think has to lead to the conclusion that she thinks their work is the best illustration of her concerns. But is it? Carrie Mae Weems, Nick Cave, or Glenn Ligon often have very different agendas and interests, and their work raises specific issues that are not mentioned in the text -- and the reason for their absence is itself not articulatedFor me, the only way to read the illustrations in "Citizen" as apposite to the text is to think of them generically, as art, and not to notice, or to forget, their different careers, symbolism, and narratives. A few pictures are from the media, like the one of Caroline Wozniacki pretending to be Serena Williams (p. 36), or Hennessy Youngman (p. 23). Those fit the narrative perfectly. I wonder if a more careful selection of images, and more passages in the text meditating on the images and their meanings, might not have raised the stakes for the narrative itself, by adding a level of reflection about what visual materials best give voice to the texts' concerns.
  • (5/5)
    Powerful and poetry. An incredible perspective of being black in the US today.
  • (4/5)
    I found the first section--the prose section on Rankine's experiences as a black woman--to be the most compelling. Because I know these things happen, and I see them happen--especially the incident on the bus. And in grocery stores. (Though I too have been told sooo many times (always by men older than me) that they "didn't see" me standing in line at the "line forms here" sign at the library, the pharmacy, wherever. I thought it was because I was female and thus not important.)

    I struggle with poetry, and have recently decided to try to read more. So I found the form of the more poetic sections of this book difficult (how long did it take me to figure out the form of the Zidane World Cup section?).

    But this is an important book. It does have a section that takes place in London, and then the Zidane section as well--neither "American", but clearly these issues are not simply American.

    I would love to know if there was a specific design reasoning for using the large sans serif font. Does it mean strength? Or is it meant to be stark? Naked? Or maybe it means nothing? (This is me struggling with poetry.)
  • (5/5)
    It's a powerful book. Don't start it on a night when you intend to read only a page or two. It might catch you up, and you will be doomed. Truthfully, it wasn't until I was a third of the way in that I really got involved, but I read all of the rest today, in two sittings (between stints outside, in the heat, in the garden).In some ways, it's like swallowing a mouthful of ground glass. You know it hurts, and it's not going to hurt less as it passes through (nor should it). Not since I first saw the production on PBS of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow is Enuf" have I been as moved as I am today.
  • (5/5)
    Not quite poetry in the traditional sense, thoughtful and powerful writing.
  • (5/5)
    Haunting poetry exploring the subtle continual acts which erode black person and what annihilation feels like.
  • (5/5)
    Should be required reading... for white people especially.
  • (5/5)
    I read it in one sitting with some breaks spent watching protests in Ferguson, MO. An important and beautiful lyric.
  • (5/5)
    I was taken into Rankine's grasp after reading just the first sentence of this passionate and heartfelt narrative lyric about what it is like to be Black in contemporary America. It is a world in which words are said to you person to person and in public that you overhear that are laden with stereotyping and many times unintended hurt spoken by people oblivious to the damaging messages that their words contain. This is a powerful book and I can see why it is getting all the acclaim that it is. This is an eyeopening commentary on race.
  • (5/5)
    A devastatingly effective critique of the insidious operations of systematic racism in America and a portrait of black experience that blends lyric essay and poetry. This is certainly one of the most compelling things I've read about the current state of race in AMerica, and that's saying something considering all the thoughtful writing from academic prose to experimental poetry that is exploring the topic. I love the chimeric forms here, especially the careful placement of photos throughout. That visual component make the narrative all the more devastating. I honestly think the the armchair critics of this book shouting that it isn't poetry are using that as an excuse to consider the function of text and what it addresses. This is a seminal work, maybe the most important book of poetry this past decade.
  • (4/5)
    Short and powerful, illuminating the constant barrage of aggression (micro and macro) that faces black people in America (and elsewhere of course)
  • (4/5)
    This book is in your face and makes you listen to what it has to say. The prose was stunning
  • (4/5)
    So poignant - well performed - encapsulating!

    thoroughly enjoyed :)
  • (5/5)
    Very powerful writing,, speaks to me as a black woman. If you've ever felt alienated and alone in this white supremacist world, give this a listen.
  • (5/5)
    Claudia Rankine creates lasting images that burn feelings into my heart. There are no lectures here but many, many lessons. Deeply moving.
  • (5/5)
    Powerful, brutal and necessary. This book is an abstract experience that allows you a glimpse into the aggression, fear, and oppression that Black people face every day. It is painful to hear, as it is meant to be. It provides an idea, a window to observe something that white people will never experience, but should seek to understand and change.
  • (5/5)
    Simply beautiful. It is poetic, thought-provoking, and at several points it left me breathless. Claudia Rankine is a gem.
  • (3/5)
    Interesting read. It took some time to get used to the flow of the book. It is very thought provoking.
  • (4/5)
    This is a very emotional read.
    You see everyday little things people don't actually mean to say or do and yet they reflect such clear discrimination. the examples here will surely be something plenty of people can relate to.
    Everybody should read this and start making a conscience of their actions.
  • (5/5)
    I first read this about two years ago and to be honest, I don't think I fully appreciated it at the time. At this point in history, following the brutal murder of George Floyd, Claudia Rankine's poetry hit me really hard. I am trying to educate myself on topics of racism, police brutality and the everyday microaggressions faced by black people every day. I have the privilege of being able to choose to learn about these things through books instead of in my day-to-day experiences.

    When I listened to this book the first time, it was the essays/poems about Serena Williams that I understood the most. Racism in sport is something that has been seen throughout history and the fact that Serena Williams has got to where she is in her sport despite that is astounding. As someone who does not follow tennis, I wasn't actually aware of the incidents examined in this book but the way Rankine wrote about it made me feel so angry that this happened to Williams, and continues to happen.

    Anger was the overall feeling I had throughout this book, along with profound sadness. Claudia Rankine includes several pieces about black men killed at the hands of the police or other white supremacists. These are so painful and raw. This book was written 6 years ago and yet nothing has changed. In fact, the perpetrators feel emboldened to enact these heinous crimes in broad daylight.

    I would highly recommend this collection. Having reread it for a second time I definitely understood more and felt that Rankine's economic use of language to describe important themes makes this required reading.

    5 out of 5 stars!
  • (5/5)
    "The world out there insisting on this only half concerns you. What happens to you doesn't belong to you, only half concerns you. It's not yours. Not yours only."

    A part of me feels like I shouldn't even review this book.

    I don't need to. There are enough white opinions on pieces like Rankine's to last a thousand lifetimes.

    But I want you to read it.

    Claudia Rankine's book is activism and love and compassion at its best. This piece is organic, it flows like blood and sweat and tears flow. Rankine incorporates a variety of mediums, poetry, essays, photos, artwork and it feels cohesive and comprehensive. She tackles racial micro-aggressions in the most eloquent, the most simple way.

    But I don't have to tell you that.

    I want you to hear it from her, in her voice.

    Her voice is powerful. It's a cry, a whisper, a shout, a scream, and all I can say is that I hear her. I feel that voice.

    And I want you to feel it, too.

    (P.S. I will say it's definitely worth buying a hard copy of this book because reading it on an e-reader doesn't give you the full view of the artworks, but that's just my personal opinion.)
  • (5/5)

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    I'm cognizant of the fact that I don't read enough books by women of color and that I read very few works of poetry. I decided to kill two birds with one stone by reading Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric. (Also, it's National Poetry Month so it was a no-brainer.) This book is especially relevant right now with the state of our world being what it is: a shambles. Citizen is essentially Claudia's exploration of what it is to be a black woman living in America as told through poetic verse. It is beautiful, tender, terrible, tragic, and real. She doesn't shy away from such topics as police brutality or the prevalence of feeling like an outsider. This book is a personal revelation and a public admonishment all rolled into one neat package Coupled with her verses are historical quotes and pencil drawn (I think?) artwork. What better way to begin your foray into poetry than by reading a book that challenges the status quo and speaks from the heart? If you'd like to maybe see the world through a different set of eyes Citizen is your golden ticket with many stops along the way. 9/10I made a note of this quote on page 89 to give you an idea of just how powerful her words are:Those years of and before me and my brothers, the years of passage, plantation, migration, of Jim Crow segregation, of poverty, inner cities, profiling, of one in three, two jobs, boy, hey boy, each a felony, accumulate into the hours inside our lives where we are all caught hanging, the rope inside us, the tree inside us, its roots our limbs, a throat sliced through and where we open our mouth to speak, blossoms, o blossoms, no place coming out, brother, dear brother, that kind of blue.

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    An intense read. I wish I could have understood more of the abstract sections. But the language she uses to address the state of being black is a marvel. There are moments that truly rip open the wounds of simple actions and inactions that continually beat down a person at odds with what so many of use consider normalcy - what is invisible to those of us who make up the majority.

    I feel that this is a composition that will require further investigation - actual study - in order to better comprehend a subject that is, by definition, not of me.

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  • (4/5)

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    I bought this because I wanted to read it but I was a little afraid to read it but I wanted to read it.

    Once I started reading it, I couldn't stop. I read it walking to work and when I absolutely had to put it down I walked around aching and hollow, eyes half-seeing for a while.

    I googled a lot of things.

    There is a lot of Serena in here, and as I was reading this, there was a lot of Serena in the news again because Serena is amazing and a lot of damn fools in the world cannot reconcile her amazingness and her blackness.

    As amazing as the poems are about Trayvon, about Eric Garner, about Michael Brown, it is the poetry about casual racism, about microaggressions that slays. The exhaustion in them is palpable. The exhaustion of "Did that person really just say that?" "Do they know what they said?" "Did they mean that?" "Is this reasonable?" "Do I have the energy/standing/emotional fortitude to call them on it?"

    Brutal. And very, very necessary.

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