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Something Bright, Then Holes : Poems

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These days
the world seems to split up
into those who need to dredge
and those who shrug their shoulders
and say, It's just something
that happened.

While Maggie Nelson refers here to a polluted urban waterway, the Gowanus Canal, these words could just as easily describe Nelson's incisive approach to desire, heartbreak, and emotional excavation in Something Bright, Then Holes. Whether writing from the debris-strewn shores of a contaminated canal or from the hospital room of a friend, Nelson charts each emotional landscape she encounters with unparalleled precision and empathy. Since its publication in 2007, the collection has proven itself to be both a record of a singular vision in the making as well as a timeless meditation on love, loss, and--perhaps most frightening of all--freedom.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • Shoemaker & Hoard, Div of Avalon Publishing Group Inc
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1593762305
  • 9781593762308
  • 209,464

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Praise for Something Bright, Then Holes (2018)


Lambda Literary, New in June Roundup



"Nelson's nexus is fluidity: gender, pleasure, desire, and the body are questioned with equal rigor as modality, criticality, and theory. Those concerns are present in Something Bright . . . But in this collection, Nelson's heady, narcotic philosophizing is underpinned by a more personal vulnerability." --The Paris Review



"Maggie Nelson's gorgeous, expansive book of poetry feels like a necessary summer read, not least because of Nelson's ability to so palpably, grotesquely, beautifully make clear the urgency of love and f*cking, as she does in the book's titular poem." --NYLON, 1 of 46 Great Books to Read This Summer



"This re-issue of Nelson's 2007 collection of poems shows the celebrated author in her most incisive and economic form--a record of a protean talent in the making." --Largehearted Boy, Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Book of the Week



"A hidden gem." --MyDomaine, One of the Best Books of the Year



"Soft Skull Press has released a gorgeous reissue of Nelson's Something Bright, Then Holes and, despite being originally published in 2007, it's easily one of the best books of 2018. . . . Maggie Nelson elicits genuine awe with each turn of the page. . . . Something Bright, Then Holes is candid and heartfelt, blurring the lines between poetry and storytelling fluently and with thoughtful contemplation. These poems swathe their reader and craft a voyeuristic sense of empathy; it's as if you're not supposed to be there. Yet, here you are." --Popscure



"Nelson's 2018 reprint provides precise evidence of her singular and true innovation in content, form, and timeless(ness). It drops controlled dollops of poetic meter, rhyme, and lyricism. It steals from multiple styles (Nelson cites her "thefts" on the acknowledgement page), it exudes nuanced understanding of postmodernity. It cries with confession; boxes with language. Nelson is raw, honest, rough, and tender." --The Brooklyn Rail
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About Maggie Nelson

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, including the National Books Critics Circle Award winner The Argonauts, The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning, Bluets, The Red Parts, and Jane: A Murder. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Nonfiction, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, an Innovative Literature Fellowship from Creative Capital, and an Arts Writers Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2016, she was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. She lives in Los Angeles.
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