Summer Reads

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Summer Reads


Johnson, Michelle, World Literature Today


SUMMER READS

Anticipating more reading time in the summer, WLT's managing editor gathers together poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for the upcoming break from the rigors of teaching. Eager to be a student again, she looks forward to losing herself in these four books and all that they have to offer her.

Citizen: An American Lyric

Claudia Rankine

Writing for the LARB in April, Justin Campbell said, "White supremacy either devours you-white, black, or otherwise-or drains you of your empathy for those who are systematically consumed. Systemic white supremacy is the reason why you were able to watch the protests in Ferguson, and wonder why people were so mad." To further my engagement with the ongoing national race conversation, I'm selecting two books for concurrent reading: Rankine's 2014 collection and Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crowe. Though they enter the conversation through different doors, I'm eager to see how Rankine's poems and Alexander's nonfiction speak together to challenge systems of discrimination and expose the quiet, even passive moments that allow these systems to persist. …

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