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Claudia Rankine's Citizen wins Forward poetry prize

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Citizen: An American Lyric, described by jury as a ‘powerful book for our time’, collects £10,000 award for best collection

A book described by one critic as eavesdropping “on America and a racism that has never gone away” has won the top award at the 2015 Forward prizes for poetry.

Claudia Rankine has already won the National Book Critics Circle award in the US for Citizen: An American Lyric. On Monday night at a ceremony in London she was named winner of the Forward prize for best collection.

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