Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Beyond
An important facet of the story of the poetics of everyday life this book has traced is increasing commitment to enhancing our attentiveness to the daily. Recent everyday-life poets have set out to explore and stretch the boundaries of poetry and aesthetic form to make visible the operations of gender, race, sexuality, and capitalism in daily life. As an example of this development, the chapter provides a brief discussion of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. Reminding us that the everyday is always an embodied, situated phenomenon, Rankine’s book powerfully evokes the traumatic experience of “everyday racism,” documenting microaggressions that continuously interrupt and punctuate daily life for people of color.
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