Don't Let Me Be Lonely

An American Lyric

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Pub Date Jul 09 2024 | Archive Date Jun 30 2024

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A new edition of the first groundbreaking installment in Claudia Rankine’s American trilogy

A brilliant and unsparing examination of America in the early twenty-first century, Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely invents a new genre to confront the particular loneliness and rapacious assault on selfhood that our media have inflicted upon our lives. Fusing the lyric, the essay, and the visual, Rankine negotiates the enduring anxieties of medicated depression, race riots, divisive elections, terrorist attacks, and ongoing wars—doom scrolling through the daily news feeds that keep us glued to our screens and that have come to define our age.

First published in 2004, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely is a hauntingly prescient work, one that has secured a permanent place in American literature. This new edition is presented in full color with updated visuals and text, including a new preface by the author, and matches the composition of Rankine’s best-selling and award-winning Citizen and Just Us as the first book in her acclaimed American trilogy.

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely is a crucial guide to surviving a fractured and fracturing American consciousness—a book of rare and vital honesty, complexity, and presence.

A new edition of the first groundbreaking installment in Claudia Rankine’s American trilogy

A brilliant and unsparing examination of America in the early twenty-first century, Claudia Rankine’s Don’t...


Advance Praise

“Rankine has graced us not only with her presence, but the ability to make ourselves present—to separate our consciousness from the droning media that drowns out life’s possibilities.”Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“I don’t know of a book of poems that so unabashedly, startlingly, successfully partakes of this contemporary combination of turbulence and torpor. It’s consuming to read, engulfing. Raw.”Pleiades

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely articulates the unsettling possibility of moving from spectatorship to solidarity, with all the urgency that this task demands. This is vital poetry.”The Brooklyn Rail

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 our own.”The Rumpus

“Page after page, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely offers a staggering record of a response to the media before and after 9/11 beyond anything the Department of Veterans Affairs foresaw.”NYFA

“Rankine has graced us not only with her presence, but the ability to make ourselves present—to separate our consciousness from the droning media that drowns out life’s possibilities.”Star Tribune ...


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EDITION Paperback
ISBN 9781644452554
PRICE $20.00 (USD)
PAGES 176

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