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In this powerful sequence of TV images and essay, Claudia Rankine explores the personal and political unrest of our volatile new century
I forget things too. It makes me sad. Or it makes
me the saddest. The sadness is not really about
George W. or our American optimism; the
sadness lives in the recognition that a life can
The award-winning poet Claudia Rankine, well known for her experimental multigenre writing, fuses the lyric, the essay, and the visual in this politically and morally fierce examination of solitude in the rapacious and media-driven assault on selfhood that is contemporary America. With wit and intelligence, Rankine strives toward an unprecedented clarity-of thought, imagination, and sentence-making-while arguing that recognition of others is the only salvation for ourselves, our art, and our government.
Don't Let Me Be Lonely is an important new confrontation with our culture, with a voice at its heart bewildered by its inadequacy in the face of race riots, terrorist attacks, medicated depression, and the antagonism of the television that won't leave us alone.
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"Don't Let Me Be Lonely is a book that refuses the safe distance of being a spectator to the lives of others--as well as to ourown."--The RumpusFrom the Back Cover:
In Don't Let Me Be Lonely, award-winning poet Claudia Rankine explores an America ever more unable to process its own toxins, from medicated depression to racial tension, suspicion and fear. Written in the years after 9/11, this is an unflinching and deeply felt meditation on life and death in a nation in flux.
'Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry's forms . . . one is left with a mix of emotions that linger and wend themselves into the subconscious'
THE NEW YORK TIMES
'An unforgettable book . . . mesmerizing . . . terrifying'
'A master work in every sense'
'I don't know of a book of poems that so unabashedly, startlingly, successfully partakes of this contemporary combination of turbulence and torpor . . . consuming'
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