Don't Let Me Be Lonely is Rankine's meditation on the self bewildered by race riots, terrorism, medicated depression and television's ubiquitous influence.
Claudia Rankine is the author of five books, including Don't Let Me Be Lonely- An American Lyric and the bestselling Citizen- An American Lyric. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she is the winner of the 2014 Jackson Poetry Prize, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and the 2015 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry. An adjunct professor of English and African-American Studies at Yale University, and has previously taught at Pomona College and the University of Southern California.
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 -- Jorie Graham A master work in every sense -- Robert Creeley I don't know of a book of poems that so unabashedly, startlingly, successfully partakes of this contemporary combination of turbulence and torpor ... consuming * Pleiades *