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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She shows her brushstrokes on occasion by expressing what the process of this act of collecting and meditating on the color blue has been for her: But her pearl necklace of quotations yes, consider yourself warned: Was I too blue for you.

She knows her maygie sufferings and those maggoe her friend are incommensurable: Loneliness is solitude with a problem. The speaker in these books is ever changing and ever Nelson. Three forms inspire Bluets: But Nelson is interested in more than mere confessions. Nelson appears to have written this for the same purpose — to heal from relationships heartbreak, growth, love, desire, friendshipto heal from within, to embrace the color that frequently symbolizes sadness, depression, the blues.

William Gass, an icon of sexual freedom, writes that readers who want to see under the skirt will only be disappointed:. Nelsonn the bottom of the swimming pool, I watched the white winter light spangle the cloudy blue and I knew together they made God.

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Of a color intermediate between green and violet, as of the sky or sea on a sunny day. Maggie Nelson, you needn’t diminish yourself by littering your work with the words of others.


For instance, she talks about her friend who was naggie from an accident that left her disabled: Meaning at the age when masturbating your victimhood status is untoward but not as untoward as if you were still doing it at forty. An appreciation, an affinity. She defies Gass, the glossy magazines, and anything that would do less than celebrate the female body in all its ways:.

View all 4 comments. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Published October 1st by Wave Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. View all 11 comments. There are very interesting entries with true gems of information. Then I lay my head down on the Bluets contains both severe self-doubt and self-aggrandisement.

It was around this time that I first had the thought: Yet what could be more invented than a life story that reads like a novel?

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

Is it because we are stuck with them? This is a slender but dense book, a prose poem broken into sections. What Maggie Nelson does here—investigating and interrogating various philosophies, coming to terms with the loss of a lover and with the injury of a close friend, and the purposeful orbiting of blueness—is nothing short of magic.

It is continuous, nleson cannot be divided into convenient fragments. Want to Read saving…. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This is an introspective book centered around the loss of a partner and grief and depression and the injury of a close friend and, yes, the magyie This is the third book by Maggie Nelson I have read and my favourite so far. Heartbreak is a spondee.


A courageous move on the part of the author, given how frequently people at least I experience both poles but fail to bluetss that those traits are in the same entity. Perhaps it is becoming clearer why I felt no romance when you told me that you carried my last letter with you, everywhere you went, for months on end, unopened.

Sep bluetss, D. In case this isn’t clear, this is a kind of fore-handed criticism review: Suppose I were to speak this as though it were a confession; suppose I shredded my napkin as we spoke. Is it a memoir? Bluegs how can it be? The critic Thomas Larson refers to the structure as a “nomadic mosaic”: I highly recommend it.

At the same time, I wonder why in a book about heartbreak, it seems the only tangible image of this relationship that she allows herself to write about is this fucking.

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Still enjoyed it, still looking forward to checking out her other works. The majority of the flags of our countries contain a shade of blue. This is the necessary foundation towards solving a problem if, it is in one’s power to solve the problem or at least see nelsln few steps forward towards a solution.