Lit Pick of the Week: “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine

Courtesy of Gray Wolf Press
Courtesy of Gray Wolf Press

Radar is committed to all forms of art and entertainment, and will pick one book as a reading recommendation every week. This week Radar’s “Lit” pick is “Citizen” by Claudia Rankine.

A multimedia book of prose poems, photography and narrative material, Rankine weaves together different aesthetic forms in order to insightfully comment on modern racism and violence. Arguably the most prominent book of poems released in 2014, “Citizen” would go on to win the National Book Award as well as the PEN Center USA Poetry award. For those still reeling from the results of the past week, Rankine’s powerful and poignant commentary on violence, fear and structural racism is a compellingly relevant read.

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