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  • Published: 1 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141984179
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $27.00
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Don't Let Me Be Lonely

An American Lyric




From the author of Citizen, a powerful meditation on life and death in the 21st Century

Here, available for the first time in the UK, is the book in which Claudia Rankine first developed the 'American Lyric' form which makes her Forward Prize-winning collection Citizen so distinctive: an original combination of poetry, lyric essay, photography and visual art, virtuosically deployed. Don't Let Me Be Lonely is Rankine's meditation on the self bewildered by race riots, terrorism, medicated depression and television's ubiquitous influence. Written during George W. Bush's presidency in an America still reeling from the 9/11 attacks and charging headlong into war in Iraq, this is an early 21st-century work of great wit, intelligence and depth of feeling, with urgent lessons for the present.

  • Published: 1 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780141984179
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $27.00
Categories:

About the author

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five books, including Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she is the winner of many prizes including the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship. She is an adjunct professor of English and African-American Studies at Yale University, and has previously taught at Pomona College and the University of Southern California.

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Praise for Don't Let Me Be Lonely

Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry's forms ... one is left with a mix of emotions that linger and wend themselves into the subconscious

The New York Times

An unforgettable book ... mesmerizing ... terrifying

Jorie Graham

A master work in every sense

Robert Creeley

I don't know of a book of poems that so unabashedly, startlingly, successfully partakes of this contemporary combination of turbulence and torpor ... consuming

Pleiades

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