Dan Chiasson on Claudia Rankineâs National Book Award-nominated poem about race in America:
âGenerally, 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 technologiesârhyme, meter, repeated verse and stanza formsâdesigned to make such recurrences possible and meaningful. In âCitizen,â the past has never receded in the first place.â
Illustration by Patrick Morgan / Reference from Margarita Corporan
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