Citizen: An American Lyric | 3 | 2020 Countdown

Welcome to Day 22 of my 2020 Book Spotlight Countdown! For more information about this series, please read my introductory post here. Today, I’m celebrating Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine!

3rd of 2020

Stretching the boundaries of poetry, Rankine’s poem-essay hybrid addresses racism in America, discussing the aggressions faced by people of colour in the 21st Century. Rankine creates an argument throughout the poem, addressing ideas of citizenship and belonging, and the ways these are intrinsically intertwined with race, despite living in a supposedly “post-race” society.

If you want to branch out from the well recommended fiction and non-fiction focusing on race and read something presented in a unique format, Citizen might be for you.

3 thoughts on “Citizen: An American Lyric | 3 | 2020 Countdown

  1. […] Day 1 (The Great Gatsby) | Day 2 (The Buried Giant) | Day 3 (So You Want To Talk About Race) | Day 4 (Hamnet) | Day 5 (Queenie) | Day 6 (Murder on the Orient Express) | Day 7 (A Thousand Ships) | Day 8 (Wuthering Heights) | Day 9 (Strangers on a Train) | Day 10 (Flowers for Algernon) | Day 11 (The Topeka School) | Day 12 (After Dark) | Day 13 (Dracula) | Day 14 (Patient X) | Day 15 (Daisy Jones & The Six) | Day 16 (Girl, Woman, Other) | Day 17 (On Beauty) | Day 18 (A Girl is a Half-formed Thing) | Day 19 (Beloved) | Day 20 (The Vegetarian) | Day 21 (No One is Too Small to Make a Difference) | Day 22 (Citizen: An American Lyric) […]


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