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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
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Felt pretentious and boring submitted by dntanzer on August 21, 2018, 12:07pm This may just be a case of "not for me". I came into this book thinking it would be more... poetry, which is my bad. This is actually like an essay that's split up into a bunch of tiny sections. There's a lot of name drops/references to people and works that I don't know and don't care to know. Some of the writing was pretty, but some of it felt pretentious to me. This is probably a better book for somebody with a stronger background/interest in literary history.
Excellent submitted by redwood on August 4, 2019, 12:37pm Meditation on color, depression, love ... incredible, fluidly written, small numbered essays.
A Synesthetic Delight submitted by steeny17 on August 10, 2020, 8:33pm Maggie Nelson's writing bathes the reader in color and texture. It is vivid and visceral, poetic and punchy in turns. She goes from long elegant phrases to ugly sexual comments without pause. Her language is lovely and shocking in turns. It probably isn't for everyone, but I couldn't get enough of this collection of short snippets about depression, loneliness, sex, love, and above all the color blue.