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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.

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Bluets
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Beautiful & Personal Examination of Suffering
November 1st, 2014
Bluets is a beautiful examination of the suffering of the heart and the body, told through the author's unique attachment to the colour blue, which she collects and observes in objects and in nature. Nelson examines love, heartbrokenness and physical pain by comparing these experiences with her blue-tinted perspective on life. This collection, told in a numbered list of short observations, is so lyrical that I felt at times that I was reading poetry.
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