Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

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CitizenMy final review for the TS Eliot Prize is now live on the Poety Book Society’s Poetry Portal – and what a book to finish with.

As I left work one bright September evening, Front Row snapped into life, mid segment, as I turned the ignition.

With no prior knowledge of either book or author, I heard Claudia Rankine read from Citizen. Her delivery – the gentlest of deliveries – hit as hard as anything I have ever heard.

 

I decided to buy and share this book with my colleagues at school long before she had finished speaking.

If you haven’t read this one yet, bag a copy now – it’s timely and necessary.

I’ll be tweeting from the awards ceremony on Sunday evening.

Buy Citizen from Penguin Books

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Listen to Claudia Rankine read from and discuss Citizen on Front Row

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Watch Claudia Rankine’s superb Lannan Foundation interview with Saskia Hamilton

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