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Poetry Book Club - BLUETS

Location Lost City Books 2467 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States
Date Monday, May 13, 2024 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration   1 hours
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On Monday, May 13th at 7 PM, Lost City Books in Washington D.C. will host its Poetry Book Club to discuss the lyrical and philosophical work Bluets by Maggie Nelson. This slim yet profound book explores personal suffering, the limitations of human perception, and the essence of love - all refracted through Nelson's deep obsession with the color blue. Composed of 240 numbered paragraphs, Bluets blurs the line between poetry and prose as Nelson weaves her own experiences and insights with references to an array of artists, writers, and philosophers. What makes this a compelling selection for the Poetry Book Club is how Nelson uses the unifying motif of the color blue to contemplate life's biggest questions in an utterly unique way. Attendees can expect a rich discussion unpacking the book's nonlinear, almost dreamlike structure and Nelson's exquisite use of language to capture abstract concepts. Bluets has been praised as a seminal work of lyric essay writing, with Nelson emerging as a leading voice in the genre's renaissance. Beyond its literary merits, the book's themes of heartbreak, desire, and the search for meaning amidst life's difficulties will surely resonate with many readers. Nelson's willingness to probe her vulnerabilities with unflinching honesty makes Bluets an especially cathartic read. Whether you're a longtime poetry fan or simply someone drawn to introspective, boundary-pushing writing, this book club promises an engaging dialogue you won't want to miss. Prepare to have your perceptions expanded and to see the color blue with new eyes after experiencing Nelson's masterful Bluets.

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