Bluets

Bluets

Book - 2009
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"A lyrical, philosophical, and often explicit exploration of personal suffering and the limitations of vision and love, as refracted through the color blue, while folding in, and responding to, the divergent voices and preoccupations of such generative figures as Wittgenstein, Sei Shonagon, William Gass and Joan Mitchell. Bluets further confirms Maggie Nelson's place within the pantheon of brilliant lyric essayists." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: Seattle : Wave Books ; [2009]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781933517407
1933517409
Branch Call Number: 814.6 N428b 2009
Characteristics: 99 pages ; 21 cm

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This is a small but stunning book, worth reading more than once. This amalgam of poetry, prose and philosophy explores love, loss and the contours of seeing and knowing.


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xiaojunbpl12
Oct 11, 2017

Monochrome, sifting through thousand-year old debris, basking in diffused light of universe to linger on each obscure corner of the earth, sages lined up in the same hue, soothed, subdued, illumined, inspired...no, hypnotic... blue is also my favorite color, and I don't need a therapy.

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chatkanuda
Aug 09, 2012

Nelson's examination of pain and loss in this lyric essay is as penetrating and affecting as it is structurally accomplished. It's a dazzling performance but never pretentious from a very, very interesting contemporary poet and writer.

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Aug 09, 2012

"For no one really knows what color is, where it is, even whether it is. (Can it die? Does it have a heart?) Think of a honeybee, for instance, flying into the fold of a poppy: it sees a gaping violet mouth, where we see an orange flower and assume that it's orange, that we're normal."

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