From the interview, published on The New Yorker‘s blog on Aug. 22, 2014:
One of the things, in “Citizen,” that I was trying to circle around is that sense that there is an odd reality where people feel that “that’s not my problem.” And, in fact, it is your problem, because you can see it, because we all live it. We experience it differently, but it’s all of ours. The killing of Michael Brown is experienced differently in the body of a black man, and in the body of a black woman, and in the body of an Italian man, and in the body of a French woman. But we’re all experiencing it, and we all, on some level, have to negotiate it.
Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press) was longlisted for the 2014 National Book Awards on Sept. 16. The shortlist will be announced on October 15 and the winners on Nov. 19. In addition to Rankine’s Citizen, the full poetry longlist includes:
Linda Bierds, Roget’s Illusion; Brian Blanchfield, A Several World; Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night; Edward Hirsch, Gabriel: A Poem; Fanny Howe, Second Childhood; Maureen N. McLane, This Blue; Fred Moten, The Feel Trio; Spencer Reece, The Road to Emmaus; Mark Strand, Collected Poems
The poetry judges include Eileen Myles, Katie Peterson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Robert Polito, and Paisley Rekdal.
Citizen: An American Lyric will hit bookstores on October 7.