Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist and playwright. Just Us completes her ground-breaking 'American Lyric' trilogy, following Don't Let Me Be Lonely and the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Citizen. A MacArthur Fellow and a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she teaches at Yale University.
Claudia Rankine marshalls the full range of her substantial talents - from poetry to essay - to explore how racism is lived, privilege is expressed and engagement might be possible. Personal, political, interrogative and, most all, impressive -- Gary Younge This brilliant and multi-layered work is a call, a bid, an insistent, rightly impatient demand for a public conversation on whiteness . . . bold and vital -- Judith Butler In my work, well-meaning white people consistently ask me how to recognize racism. Yet we might ask, How have we managed not to know? The information is everywhere, if we care to listen . . . With clarity and grace, Claudia Rankine delivers a gut punch to white denial. Just Us is stunning work - audacious, revelatory, devastating -- Robin DiAngelo In Just Us, Claudia Rankine continues her remarkable and brilliant interrogation of the language, culture, and history that have shaped America, forging through poems, essays, and documents a literary archive that is utterly original and desperately needed -- Dinaw Mengestu Fiercely intimate, rigorous . . . [Just Us] lets all of us in on the conversations - with others and the self - that are necessary for survival -- Nuar Alsadir