the world seems to split up
into those who need to dredge
and those who shrug their shoulders
and say, Its just something
While Maggie Nelson refers here to a polluted urban waterway, the Gowanus Canal, these words could just as easily describe Nelsons incisive approach to desire, heartbreak, and emotional excavation inSomething 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, andperhaps most frightening of allfreedom.