SANDRA BLAND, TAMIR RICE, AND 'WHERE YOU WILL GET FROM HERE'

BY BEENISH AHMED

  A POEM FROM  CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC  BY CLAUDIA RANKINE.   PHOTO BY BEENISH AHMED

A POEM FROM CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC BY CLAUDIA RANKINE. PHOTO BY BEENISH AHMED

"...nowhere is where you will go from here" feels about right after no indictments were delivered for those who drove Sandra Bland to the brink and those who shot Tamir Rice point blank. Where is it possible to go in a world where one is not unseen, not invisible, but rather someone else's perceptions are constantly in the way of your being? That's the question Claudia Rankine asks and answers, asks and answers in Citizen: An American Lyric, her unswerving book of poetry on race.

The question seems more pressing than ever, and that's why this bit of hard-to-swallow lyricism is this week's #ALIGNISTLINE.