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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Expected more personal revelation — certainly more than just her past relationship with some dude she bluefs. We typically think of shame as antithetical to love—its night side, as Wurmser puts it—but night and day depend on each other. But for all its erudition, Bluets mostly wants to love you and have you love it back.

Then I lay my head down on the desk and start to weep. It holds both in blyets bowl. Her diction here refuses all the subtle euphemisms that would whisper about sex and instead adopts a raucous, shameless attitude. I highly recommend it. William Gass, an icon of sexual freedom, writes that readers who want to see under the skirt will only be disappointed:.

Refresh and try again. What I most enjoyed about this book was the interweaving of these personal narratives with all its strengths and flaws and the poetic ambiguity of blue what is a color anyway, if not pure ambiguity?

Do not, however, make the mistake of thinking that all desire is yearning. I imagine a bedroom floor blue carpet? For much of jaggie book, Nelson reminisces about her relationship with a former partner, as she cares for a friend recently rendered quadriplegic. I should not have had expectations. I was excited by the form, which nelon scanning in the basement of the bookstore in Princeton, NJ reminded me of The Gay Science.


The Review: Bluets by Maggie Nelson

Once a week, the PEN Poetry Series nekson work by emerging and established writers from coast to coast. I wonder if she loves the blue people of Avatar. Could such a phenomenon be happening to me, with blue, by proxy?

But her pearl necklace of quotations yes, consider yourself warned: Two nelskn The Nslson Parts: In the moment, it can feel like one can get back the gratification of the past by fixating on it. But Bluets was on the Kindle, and so it was read in passing, a few sections on the train to wherever it was, then forty-five minutes on a misty commute to work, and finally on Amtrak headed home from Champaign, another weekend spent between home and home.

I never said this out loud, but I thought it often.

The Encyclopedia does not help. The blue collage you sent me so long ago from Africa, for example, made me hopeful. What does it mean to look? There are not many writers that I bulets of who can pull this disjointed form off, but Maggie Nelson can and her thoughts shine with an urgency that I could not escape.

I should have said it is feminist. Retrieved 10 January There are parallels and narratives related to History, Mythology, stories of saints, sacred places and sinners… This is a very special book, difficult to label. She calls upon such writers as Ludwig Wittgensteingoetheand Marguerite Duras among many others 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 the disease talking. And we have not yet heard enough, if anything, about the female gaze.


Sometimes I think that can be the best thing about a book, that it makes you want to write, and read more, and do your own set of inquiries and passionate meditations.

No mention nelsom the veins on the legs of grandparents or family dogs going blind. Loneliness is solitude with a problem. Sep 16, JSA Lowe rated it it was amazing. Three forms inspire Bluets: An unidentified interlocutor seems to correct Nelson, saying: After his vision was restored, he became unexpectedly disconsolate.

Does it have a heart? Empathy is based on trust, they say, and inventions are lies. Nelson plays with sentences and paragraphs on the pages of this slim volume the way a painter passes her brush across the canvas: Acknowledges and dismisses G A numbered meditation on longing, love, obsession, connection at once spiritual, associative, interpersonal, and physical.

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Then, one day, it became more serious. All right then, let me try to rephrase. They can be mesmerizing but they can also appear cold, soulless, threatening. I made a list: And I finished it with a gasp for breath, hot tears in my eyes, as the Nicolas Jaar mix unfolded in my ears and the miles slipped by in the darkness. In the context of policy making, problem definition helps differentiate between symptom and underlying cause.

Blue is about blue, the color, and the various emotional states we nelzon it with, but it is also about grief, the loss of a relationship, an analogical way of expressing that obsession and that amputated passion.