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Nothing in Nature Is Private (Csu Poetry ; Vol. Xliv) (Csu Poetry Series)

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Poetry. African American Studies. "Claudia Rankine is a fiercely gifted young poet. Intelligence, a curiosity and hunger for understanding like some worrying, interior, physical pain, a gift for being alert in the world. She knows when to bless and to curse, to wonder and to judge, and she doesn't flinch. NOTHING IN NATURE IS PRIVATE is an arrival. It's the kind of book th Poetry. African American Studies. "Claudia Rankine is a fiercely gifted young poet. Intelligence, a curiosity and hunger for understanding like some worrying, interior, physical pain, a gift for being alert in the world. She knows when to bless and to curse, to wonder and to judge, and she doesn't flinch. NOTHING IN NATURE IS PRIVATE is an arrival. It's the kind of book that makes you hopeful for American poetry." Robert Hass"I am excited by Claudia Rankine's poems, their elegance, their emotional force, their scrupulous intimation of multiple identities. Representing brilliantly the prismatic vision of a Jamaican, middle class, intellectual black woman living in America, they address the widest constituency of readers. This is a richly rewarding collection." Mervyn Morris"


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Poetry. African American Studies. "Claudia Rankine is a fiercely gifted young poet. Intelligence, a curiosity and hunger for understanding like some worrying, interior, physical pain, a gift for being alert in the world. She knows when to bless and to curse, to wonder and to judge, and she doesn't flinch. NOTHING IN NATURE IS PRIVATE is an arrival. It's the kind of book th Poetry. African American Studies. "Claudia Rankine is a fiercely gifted young poet. Intelligence, a curiosity and hunger for understanding like some worrying, interior, physical pain, a gift for being alert in the world. She knows when to bless and to curse, to wonder and to judge, and she doesn't flinch. NOTHING IN NATURE IS PRIVATE is an arrival. It's the kind of book that makes you hopeful for American poetry." Robert Hass"I am excited by Claudia Rankine's poems, their elegance, their emotional force, their scrupulous intimation of multiple identities. Representing brilliantly the prismatic vision of a Jamaican, middle class, intellectual black woman living in America, they address the widest constituency of readers. This is a richly rewarding collection." Mervyn Morris"

30 review for Nothing in Nature Is Private (Csu Poetry ; Vol. Xliv) (Csu Poetry Series)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Nothing in Nature is Private, the first of Rankine's books of poetry, is also the most traditional of any of the texts of hers that I have read. It contains a number of short poems, rather than long poems that are never clearly differentiated as with some of her other work. This text seems to be an exploration of racial identity and national identity - what it means to be black in America, coming from a Caribbean island. Rankine addresses both the loneliness of identity and the socialness of ide Nothing in Nature is Private, the first of Rankine's books of poetry, is also the most traditional of any of the texts of hers that I have read. It contains a number of short poems, rather than long poems that are never clearly differentiated as with some of her other work. This text seems to be an exploration of racial identity and national identity - what it means to be black in America, coming from a Caribbean island. Rankine addresses both the loneliness of identity and the socialness of identity, though never seeming to argue for one over the other. While this text was interesting to read, it had fewer phrases that grabbed me than did either Plot or Don't Let Me be Lonely. It is almost as if Nothing in Nature is Private is Rankine's first step in finding her own identity as a poet. She struggles at first with form and content - this is not to say that her form and content are bad in this book, but just that she is still working out her own personal relation to form and content - but eventually, in later works, comes into her own as a brilliant poet. Nothing in Nature is Private is a powerful first part of the journey.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kyle

    If a child could cover her face and conjure a home where mother and father wave contentedly from the yard— I would. —from "Descending from Darkness." Claudia Rankine, essentially, has been the greatest living poet since her first book. If a child could cover her face and conjure a home where mother and father wave contentedly from the yard— I would. —from "Descending from Darkness." Claudia Rankine, essentially, has been the greatest living poet since her first book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Clear, quick narrative poems that build nicely into a whole story (loosely autobiographical-- from the lives of a few men and women in the West Indies to stories of a few black emigrants to America). I'm drawn to how simply race is spoken about and the way the Caribbean voices are written, both of which are difficult in poetry. Clear, quick narrative poems that build nicely into a whole story (loosely autobiographical-- from the lives of a few men and women in the West Indies to stories of a few black emigrants to America). I'm drawn to how simply race is spoken about and the way the Caribbean voices are written, both of which are difficult in poetry.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia Long

    Favorite ever

  5. 4 out of 5

    Branden

  6. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christina

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  10. 5 out of 5

    Spencer

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aidan

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  13. 5 out of 5

    AJ

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sentimental Surrealist

  15. 5 out of 5

    Arah

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan Beech

  18. 5 out of 5

    Samm Binns

  19. 4 out of 5

    OTIS

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tisa

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michael Lloyd-Billington

  23. 4 out of 5

    Poetry Train

  24. 5 out of 5

    Damian Fallon

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tristian Jackson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ilham

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emerson Sigman

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kait

  30. 5 out of 5

    JWG

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