Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Claudia Rankine's Citizen wins Forward poetry prize

Citizen: An American Lyric, described by jury as a ‘powerful book for our time’, collects £10,000 award for best collection

Claudia Rankine. Photograph: John Lucas/Graywolf Press
Claudia Rankine has already won the National Book Critics Circle award in the US for Citizen: An American Lyric. On Monday night at a ceremony in London she was named winner of the Forward prize for best collection.

Citizen was described by the jury as a “powerful book for our time”. The chair of judges, AL Kennedy, added: “This is writing we can recommend with real urgency and joy. It’s a stylistically daring poetic project about the dehumanisation of those deemed outsiders ‐ we found it exhilarating and genuinely transformative.”

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