Author of the Month: Claudia Rankine
Selected by the Bookshop
Our Author of the Month for March is the Jamaican-born American poet and essayist Claudia Rankine. Her tendency to mix genres led her 2014 book Citizen to be nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in both poetry and criticism categories. Poet Mark Doty has written of her: ‘Claudia Rankine’s formally inventive poems investigate many kinds of boundaries: the unsettled territory between poetry and prose, between the word and the visual image, between what it’s like to be a subject and the ways we’re defined from outside by skin colour, economics and global corporate culture. This fearless poet extends American poetry in invigorating new directions.’
Plot, an early work exploring pregnancy and childbirth, is published for the first time in the UK this month by Penguin. Rankine will be at the shop to discuss the book, and her work more widely, with Nicola Rollock, on Tuesday 14 March. In-person tickets are sold out, but you can join the livestream from anywhere in the world. Find out more and book tickets here.
From the publisher:
The award-winning poet's powerful exploration of an America ever more unable to process its own toxinsHere, available for the first time in the UK, is the book in which Claudia Rankine first developed the 'American Lyric' form which makes…