MAGGIE NELSON re-releases her collection of poetry SOMETHING BRIGHT, THEN HOLES with ALI LIEBEGOTT

Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press)

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.

Praise for Maggie Nelson

“This third collection risks many possible poetic pitfalls and comes through unscathed through sheer intensity of and commitment to her voice. Over three sections, Nelson employs a consistent narrator, recognizable settings, recurring characters and a few structures closely resembling plots. But it’s not fction. And though each section also has lines, stanzas, and lyric musicality, it’s poetry only in a very loose sense. Instead, it’s a stunning collection of real-world stories shadowed by the netherworld of poetry.”—Publishers Weekly

“Reading Maggie Nelson is like watching a high-wire act. Her books are inspiring . . . Because of her dazzling sentences, I will read whatever the daredevil writes. She cozies up to ideas unlike any other American writer.”—The Boston Globe

“Maggie Nelson is one of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation.”—Olivia Laing, The Guardian

“Maggie Nelson has such drive in her language. Things do not dangle of this drive, but rather get resolutely pushed aside by her poem’s forward motion . . . She delivers the goods with fendish delight.”—Eileen Myles, author of Afterglow: A Dog Memoir and Chelsea Girls

“Maggie Nelson . . . She’s so much better than anything I’ve read for a long, long time.”—Karl Ove Knausgaard, author of My Struggle

“Maggie Nelson is one of the most exciting poetic talents of her generation.”—Wayne Koestenbaum, author of Camp Marmalade and My 1980s and Other Essays

“With a fercely vulnerable intelligence, Nelson leaves no area un-investigated, including her own heart.”—Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot and Black Wave

“Maggie Nelson cuts through our culture’s prefabricated structures of thought and feeling with an intelligence whose ferocity is ultimately in the service of love. No piety is safe, no orthodoxy, no easy irony. The scare quotes burn of like fog.”—Ben Lerner, author of The Hatred of Poetry and 10:04

Maggie Nelson is the author of nine books of poetry and prose, including the National Book 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 Nonfction, an NEA 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.

Ali Liebegott has published three books: The Beautifully Worthless, The IHOP Papers, and Cha-Ching! Her next book, The Summer of Dead Birds, is slated to be published in 2019 by Feminist Press. She's also written for the TV show Transparent.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Something Bright, Then Holes: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593762308
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Published: Soft Skull Press - June 12th, 2018

Bluets Cover Image
ISBN: 9781933517407
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Published: Wave Books - October 1st, 2009

The Argonauts Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977351
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Published: Graywolf Press - January 26th, 2016

The Art of Cruelty: A Reckoning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393343144
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 13th, 2012

Jane: A Murder Cover Image
ISBN: 9781593766580
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Published: Soft Skull Press - September 13th, 2016

The Seas Cover Image
By Samantha Hunt, Maggie Nelson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781941040959
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Published: Tin House Books - July 10th, 2018

The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555977368
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 5th, 2016