About the Book

Something Bright, Then Holes

Something Bright, Then Holes

July 2007
Trade Paperback · 112 Pages
$15.95 U.S. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781933368801
Soft Skull Press


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Maggie Nelson’s fourth collection of poems combines a wanderer’s attention to landscape with a deeply personal exploration of desire, heartbreak, resilience, accident, and flux. Something Bright, Then Holes explores the problem of losing then recovering sight and insight — of feeling lost, then found, then lost again. The book’s three sections range widely, and include a long sequence of Niedecker-esque meditations written at the shore of a polluted urban canal, a harrowing long poem written at a friend’s hospital bedside, and a series of unsparing, crystalline lyrics honoring the conjoined forces of love and sorrow. Whatever the style, the poems are linked by Nelson’s singular poetic voice, as sly and exacting as it is raw. The collection is a testament to Nelson’s steadfast commitment to chart the facts of feeling, whatever they are, and at whatever the cost.

About the Author

Maggie Nelson is most recently the author of The Red Parts (Free Press, March 2007), a nonfiction book about her family and criminal justice, and Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions(Univ of Iowa press, Oct 2007), a critical study about poetry and painting. She is also the author of three previous collections of poetry, including Jane: A Murder (2005), which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, The Latest Winter (2003), and Shiner (2001), which was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. She has taught literature and writing at Wesleyan University, the Graduate Writing Program of the New School, and Pratt Institute of Art. In 2005 she joined the faculty of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts in Valencia, California. She lives in Los Angeles.