The poems by Claudia Rankine in “Citizen” startle and confront. They challenge ways of being, thought, interactions between people. And what all of this means in the context of skin color.
Two finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, Willie Perdomo and Saeed Jones, have produced poems of music, remembrance and pain.
Christian Wiman grew up in West Texas, and the poems of his “Once in the West” reflect that upbringing and geography.
Published posthumously, “Abide” is Jake Adam York’s continued memorial to the 126 people who died from 1954 to 1968 in the civil rights movement.