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“I spent the winter of 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, sitting crosslegged in wool socks reading and rereading Bluets. My women friends in my creative writing program were obsessed with this slim, powerful tribute to blue. The color, the mood. Loneliness is solitude with a problem, Nelson writes. When I begin to have a problem with solitude, I pull Bluets
off the shelf, and think of the sister-writers I wrote with in the snow
that winter, the irony being that a long prose-poem about loneliness
was what bound us together that year, the year we joined our blue souls
with Maggie Nelson’s, for her words spoke eloquently to our longings.”
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.
About the Author
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.