It may be incredibly cliché to say you don't choose the people you love, but when Nelson starts off that she didn't choose to love the color blue, I couldn't help but agree and overthink this point until I got a migraine. Nelson made me love blue and all the things that make me blue. Days after finishing I saw blue in all its different shades everywhere. I saw it in shirts and in eyes and I learned to love all the ways to say blue. What it all comes down to is that if I could marry a book, I would've already changed my name to Mrs. Bluets.— From Courtney
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.