Don't Let Me Be Lonely is book comprised of both images and writing by Claudia Rankine, an author and poet known for her idiosyncratic and endeavoring multi-genre writing. It is a mediation on solitude, the self, and the American ego as a whole. It was published in 2004, and won an Academy of American Poets fellowship.
In Don't Let Me Be Lonely, Claudia Rankine muses on American values, particularly as they relate to a person's sense of self. She argues that only by recognizing others and their achievements (other peoples, other countries) can one be truly satisfied and fulfilled- in other words, find inner salvation. It is a daring work that utilizes remarkable clarity, wit, and intelligence of thought to express an important point.
Poet Robert Creeley wrote about Don't Let Me Be Lonely: "Claudia Rankine here manages an extraordinary melding of means to effect the most articulate and moving testament to the bleak times we live in I’ve yet seen. It’s master work in every sense, and altogether her own." The work was similarly well-received by critics, who praised it for its unique blend of media to convey a powerful message.