Bluets is a book by the American author Maggie Nelson, published by Wave Books in The work hybridizes several prose and poetry styles, and is often . A Guardian Book of the Year. Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her. Presentation Mode Open Print Download Current View. Go to First Page Go to Last Page. Rotate Clockwise Rotate Counterclockwise. Enable hand tool.

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I never said this out loud, but I thought it often. Here is how it begins: View all nelaon comments. Just enough for them to breathe.

Blue might be what haunts Nelson, her darkness, if we continue considering this idea that writers return to a theme or a topic time and again in their writing.

We cannot read the darkness. Goethe, St My full review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, can be found on my blog. I look down at my lecture notes: Return to Book Page.

Baby blue and hluets blue are utter opposites. In which case, how does one know when, or how, to refuse? Two more favorite lines: Composed of fragments around the permutations of blue, Nelson’s lyrical, bare consideration of depression, sex, music, cornflowers, doubt, colour and more is personal and vast.

I admire her craft very much and thought this book near perfect. Spanish Painter Pablo Picasso had a Blue Period during which time his paintings were almost entirely monochromatic variations upon the color blue. It is a collection of short thoughts, brief paragraphs that pack a punch, all losely structured around the colour blue. I wrote it because I had something to say to you. May 04, Anittah rated it did not like it.

And we have not yet heard enough, if anything, about the female gaze. Then I lay my head down on the Bluets contains both severe self-doubt and self-aggrandisement. My fear comes from my absolute certainty that over the next 20 years I’m going to have to put up with dozens of books just like this, insofar as they’ll be all ‘experimental’ i.


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You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Bluets by Maggie Nelson is a beautiful and poignant meditation on love, loss, and the color blue, and, naturally, love of the color blue. This is everything good about the Gass study plus more; here, Nelson is honest, impressionistic but not vague, and makes a ton of fragmented and associative leaps which might not make logical sense to anyone but her yet are so evocative I don’t care.

I remember, in the eighties, when crack first hit the scene, hearing all kinds of horror stories about how if you smoked it even once, the memory of its unbelievable high would live on in your system forever, and you would thus never again be able to be content without it.

Bluets by Maggie Nelson review – heartbreak and sex in 240 turbocharged prose poems

Was she never a kid who opened her eyes underwater? I should not have had expectations. He chose to write about color.

Brick 96 Posted on November 26, At the same time, I wonder why in a book about heartbreak, it seems the only tangible image of nelspn relationship that she allows herself to write about is this fucking. Heartbreak is a spondee. Maggie Nelson, your pursuit of the trophy for biggest victim not only makes magige seem small, but also unoriginal See Sophie Calle who inat the age of fifty, vomited Exquisite Pain into the world.

I could have written half of these propositions drunk or high, for instance, and half sober; I could have written half in agonized tears, and half in a state of clinical detachment. This is a simple story, but it spooks me, insofar as it reminds me that the eye is simply a recorder, with or without our will.


The critic Thomas Larson refers to the structure as a “nomadic mosaic”: William Gass, an icon of sexual freedom, writes that readers who want to see under the skirt will only be disappointed:. Bluets is a gorgeous and moving work that I hope to read many times. Sitting in my office before teaching a class on prosody, trying not to think about you, about my having lost you. Nelson pulls the rug out from under those accounts, proclaiming, Is it a memoir?

Three forms inspire Bluets: Maggie Nelson February 20, An appreciation, an affinity. Either one finds this sort of thing lovely and poetic, or else one finds it incredibly dippy. A tier of hell, to be sure—albeit one that could be potentially corrected by Viagra, one of whose side effects is to see the world tinged with blue.

I can only hope the virus can be contained. I’ve almost forgiven her for it because it’s clear she isn’t quite that bright. Recommended to Elizabeth by: To hear the mass media speak of it, the mere suggestion of embellishment, never mind invention, disrupts the hopeful economy of memoirs in which a writer bares their soul and the reader feels less alone.

Here is how it begins:. For me, On Being Blue is a beautiful little book. The more I come to think of it, the more I believe that no other colour has so many facades and identities. If a color cannot cure, can it at least incite hope?

If my writing is obscure the book is not, not exactly. I started thinking whether I loved my parents and of course I do.