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by Maggie Nelson

  • ISBN: 1933517409
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Maggie Nelson
  • Subcategory: Poetry
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Wave Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • FB2 size: 1957 kb
  • EPUB size: 1226 kb
  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 147
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color. Maggie Nelson is the author of several 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 has taught writing and literature at The New School, Wesleyan University, and Pratt Institute of Art, though currently teaches at CalArts.

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.

Bluets is a book by American author Maggie Nelson, published by Wave Books in 2009. The work hybridizes several prose and poetry styles as it documents Nelson's multifaceted experience with the color blue, and is often referred to as lyric essay or prose poetry. It was written between 2003 and 2006. The book is full of references to other writers, philosophers and artists.

Maggie Nelson's fourth collection of poems combines a wanderer's attention to landscape with a deeply personal exploration of desire, heartbreak, resilience, accident, and flux

Maggie Nelson's fourth collection of poems combines a wanderer's attention to landscape with a deeply personal exploration of desire, heartbreak, resilience, accident, and flux. Something Bright, Then Holes explores the problem of losing then recovering s. The Latest Winter.

Blues by Maria Popova. Some of Nelson’s numbered passages shine a sidewise gleam on blue, the color itself absent as a subject but present as an aura around a state of being. Fiction Poetry & Drama. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

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 generation - Olivia Laing. Bluets winds its way through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way with famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Klein, Leonard Cohen and Andy Warhol

Maggie Nelson (born 1973) is an American writer. She is generally described as a genre-busting writer defying classification, working in autobiography, art criticism, theory, scholarship, and poetry.

Maggie Nelson (born 1973) is an American writer.

Maggie Nelson calls them propositions, evoking pre-Socratic philosophical fragments or the Remarks on Colour jotted down by Wittgenstein in the months before he died. The propositions that compose Bluets were collected across three years of slowly dwindling sadness, from 2003 to 2006, as Nelson recovered from a heartbreak while caring for a close friend rendered quadriplegic. She knows her own sufferings and those of her friend are incommensurable: Is it a related form of aggrandisement, to inflate a heartbreak into a sort of allegory? she asks.

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.


Reviews about Bluets (7):
mIni-Like
I bought this book with very little knowledge about its contents and topic. I ended up reading "Bluets" in one sitting. I loved it. It is a book I will refer back to again and again. Nelson weaves the numbered poems beautifully together. (What at first feels like a disjointed series of poems finds a natural flow.) Nelson balances between calculated non-fiction and raw personal anecdotes in the same poem. Nelson is a genius. A GENIUS. If you are feeling heartbroken- read "Bluets". If you are feeling lonely- read "Bluets". The book won't give you advice on how to deal with pain, but it will make you feel less alone.
Yramede
It is difficult to pick one word and build an entire essay out of it, even more difficult to turn that essay into a book. Maggie Nelson does not only make the reader see the world "blue" in an entirely different light, but she also analyzes her relationships, personal struggles, and overall life in terms of the color blue. Although Nelson's story can be depressing, her lyrical use of language makes the reader want to keep trekking through her struggles. For aspiring writers, Bluets is a great read because of Nelson's use of small vignettes, as well as her poetic language. Bluets is a great template to use to think about your own writing through a different lens, or one focus. I recommend it to those who have gone through deep emotional struggle(s), aspiring creative writers, or poetry-readers.
SING
I love this book. It is nonfiction, and comprises a series of small, numbered writings. They're more similar to Nietzsche's aphorisms in size--that is, they can be a sentence or two, or fill a few pages--but they are affirming, profound, and provocative. What are they about? Ostensibly, the colour blue. The entire book comprises reflections on the colour blue--its symbolism, its place in the spectrum of light, its manifestations as moods and states of being, its place in literature and music.

The writing is brilliant. Maggie Nelson, whose most recent book, THE ARGONAUTS, is a tour de force, has such a fantastic style. Her writing evoked feelings in me as her writing placed a series of sensory experiences in my mind, each of which was evoked by what she was writing about.

This is a work of philosopy, of aesthetic theory, of cultural criticism, a meditation on what it means to be alive and human, all creatively told by writing about the colour blue. At first glance, it may sound like another form of navel gazing, but that would be a misreading of what's going on. This is a book about the human condition, one that Nelson writes about with style and aplomb.
Helo
Love, longing, joy, sadness, questioning, celebration, observation, acceptance, desire. All rinsed in blue. A mountain of fleeting bits of blue, discards, found, considered. A small book to be read in a single sitting. A small book to be picked at and pondered, under a blue sky, bit by bit, along the banks of a never-the-same river. Blue water or perhaps blue green or blue gray. A fleck of lapis, skin dyed indigo. Bluets creased and bent in the back pocket of my jeans.
Wizer
This is simply outstanding prose poetry, full of mystery and association that builds and revolves around this central color right to the last section. There is so much here that's rich and lovely. The language is truly compelling.
catterpillar
One of my favorite collections of prose. Little lush vignettes make up this collection that all refer to the color blue or a state of “blue-ness.” Worth the read. You’ll come back to it again and again.
breakingthesystem
The writing of the color blue made me assess my love for the color green. Do I love the color green as much as Maggie Nelson loves blue. Perhaps not, but I think I could if I tried.

Anyway I enjoyed this book it is strange and different and good.
Most amazing nonfiction read I've had in a very long time. Interweaves a love for blue, a lost love, and a terrible disabling car accident of a friend. All in 200 plus numbered paragraphs. I carry this book around with me. Open it up just to read a random paragraph. It's a book you could (and I will) read over and over again.

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