Dan Chiasson on Claudia Rankine’s National Book Award-nominated…

Dan Chiasson on Claudia Rankine’s National Book Award-nominated poem about race in America:

“Generally, in lyric poems, we expect the past to return with uncanny vividness in the changed context of the present. You could argue that poetry is precisely about this return of the past, its many formal technologies—rhyme, meter, repeated verse and stanza forms—designed to make such recurrences possible and meaningful. In ‘Citizen,’ the past has never receded in the first place.”

Illustration by Patrick Morgan / Reference from Margarita Corporan

See full post here: Début Art2014-10-23.