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Since 2009, when it first published, to today, Bluets has drawn scores of readers with its surprising insights into the emotional depths that make us most human—via 240 short pieces, at once lyrical and philosophical, on the color blue. This beautiful hardcover edition celebrates Maggie Nelson’s uncompromising vision, inviting longtime fans and newcomers alike to experience and share in an indispensable work that continues to disrupt the literary landscape.
A new printing of the original limited edition of one of our most widely read and talked-about books, in honor of its tenth anniversary.

Publisher: Seattle :, Wave Books,, 2019
Edition: Tenth anniversary edition
Description: 99 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781940696904
Branch Call Number: 811 Nel


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jenniferzilm Sep 27, 2018

157. The part I do remember: that the blue of the sky depends on the darkness of empty space behind it. As one optics journal puts it, "The color of any planetary atmosphere viewed against the black of space and illuminated by a sunlike star will also be blue." In which case blue is something of an ecstatic accident produced by void and fire.”
― Maggie Nelson, Bluets

jenniferzilm May 02, 2018

“Like many self-help books, The Deepest Blue is full of horrifyingly simplistic language and some admittedly good advice. Somehow the women in the book learn to say: That’s my depression talking. It’s not “me.”

As if we could scrape the color off the iris and still see.”

jenniferzilm May 02, 2018

“I can remember a time when I took Henry James's advice--'try to be one of the people on whom nothing is lost!'--deeply to heart. I think I was then imagining that the net effect of becoming one of those people would be one of accretion. Whereas if you truly become someone on whom nothing is lost, then loss will not be lost upon you, either.”

jenniferzilm May 02, 2018

“The half-circle of blinding turquoise ocean is this love’s primal scene. That this blue exists makes my life a remarkable one, just to have seen it. To have seen such beautiful things. To find oneself placed in their midst. Choiceless. I returned there yesterday and stood again upon the mountain.”

jenniferzilm May 02, 2018

“Mostly I have felt myself becoming a servant of sadness. I am still looking for the beauty in that.”

jenniferzilm May 02, 2018

“Fifteen days after we are born, we begin to discriminate between colors. For the rest of our lives, barring blunted or blinded sight, we find ourselves face-to-face with all these phenomena at once, and we call the whole shimmering mess “color.” You might even say that it is the business of the eye to make colored forms out of what is essentially shimmering. This is how we “get around” in the world. Some might also call it the source of our suffering.”

jenniferzilm May 02, 2018

"For to wish to forget how much you loved someone-- and then, to actually forget-- can feel, at times, like the slaughter of a beautiful bird who chose, by nothing short of grace, to make a habitat of your heart."
— Maggie Nelson

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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Jul 07, 2019

Wow, wow. Exquisite.

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,, hypnotic... blue is also my favorite color, and I don't need a therapy.

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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