Tomorrow at 2 pm, a marathon reading of Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen will take place at the bookstore. Following an introduction by President Decatur, students, faculty, and staff will take turns reading aloud from the text until the book is finished.
The New York Times Book Review praises Citizen, stating:
Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves.
A judge from the National Book Awards wrote that Rankine’s book
investigates ways in which racism pervades daily American social and cultural life, rendering certain of its citizens politically invisible. Rankine’s formally inventive book challenges our notion that citizenship is only a legal designation that the state determines by expanding that definition to include a larger understanding of civic belonging and identity, built out of cross-racial empathy, communal responsibility, and deeply shared commitment to equality.
Anyone is welcome to stop by for all or part of the participatory event, whether to join in the reading aloud or simply to listen. No preparation is required- swing by for a second or an hour or two to hear great poetry shared by the Kenyon community!