Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . .A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of... show more
Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color . . .A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue. With Bluets, Maggie Nelson has entered the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists.Maggie Nelson is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction, including Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press, 2007) and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions (University of Iowa Press, 2007). She lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.
Publish date: October 1st 2009
Publisher: Wave Books
Pages no: 112
Edition language: English
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"I knew it all along. The heart of the world is blue."(p. 90) This wasn't what I expected.I’m feeling a bit like a prude but this was unexpectedly vulgar for me? I came in thinking it would be about the color blue, grief, lovesickness, love, loss, etc. Those elements are present but so is a lot of m...
“Bluets” is best described using an anecdote by Nelson herself that is mentioned in the book, about how she visited a museum in order to finally experience Yves Klein’s blue canvases, only to then find them overwhelmingly saturated. The same can be said about “Bluets”, and it all begins with the fac...
My favorite color is blue. From a recommendation from a friend, I found a copy of Bluets and in the process found my favorite new bookstore in Tucson. So, a win all around. Maggie Nelson has organized Bluets into a series of propositions, she calls them, and each one varies from a few lines to signi...
Nelson's courage and valiant despair sculpt her numbered prose poems into a philosophy and geometry of blue. Andy Warhol, Joseph Cornell, Mickey Mouse, Joni Mitchell and Plato are put into the wavering conversational sea of guilt and desire. Between writing of pain and exposing pained writing, Nelso...
Only thing I can think of to compare this to is MOBY DICK, which is also its opposite. There should be more books like this; I'll do the one about lions, which one do you wanna do.