Tag Archives: The Red Parts

A Sorrow Beyond Dreams

For anyone interested in Peter Handke’s A Sorrow Beyond Dreams, which Nelson makes reference to in The Poetry Project Newsletter as a ‘loose’ ghost book for Red Parts, the internet helped to dig up the introduction by Jeffrey Eugenides. They also offer a robust sampling of the text at google books. Advertisements

We tell ourselves stories in order to live

On page 155 of The Red Parts, Maggie Nelson reacts to a card from her mother which quotes the opening line of Joan Didion’s essay “The White Album”: We tell ourselves stories in order to live. “My poems didn’t tell stories. I became a poet in part because I didn’t want to tell stories. As […]

New York Times Book Review: The Red Parts


A snowball in the muck

…and many more Maggie Nelson gems, at About Creativity: “Shifting genres has been helpful; so has asking the question, “Can I do X?” For example, I wrote little lyric poems for many years, then, when approaching my book Jane: A Murder, I started asking: Can a collection of little lyric poems tell, or at least contain, […]

Ordinary Language

I am perhaps unduly pleased with myself for having tracked down an interview with Maggie Nelson that isn’t yet listed on our totally impressive Reviews and Interviews page. In her interview with the poet H.L. Hix, Nelson speaks about ordinary language; taking liberties with her aunt’s diary; and us (sort of): “I’ve heard that some […]