Something Bright, Then Holes: Poems

Something Bright, Then Holes: Poems

by Maggie Nelson


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Something Bright, Then Holes: Poems by Maggie Nelson

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593762308
Publisher: Soft Skull Press, Inc.
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 543,164
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Something Bright, Then Holes 3

The Canal Diaries 5

The Hospital For Special Care 39

Something Bright, Then holes 51

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