On the Other Side, Blue by Collier Nogues
(Stahlecker Selections)

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Collier Nogues' lyrical debut collection, On the Other Side, Blue, shows us a world steeped in loss and rich with the love that survives it. "If you think you'll cry, love, let's not both of us, not here," Nogues writes as she explores how to endure grief--a grief that nestles into the hearts of these poems and refuses to leave. Everything in this collection exists in terms of its relationship to the deceased: "No one loves me like your mother, now that my mother's gone." The speaker, too, struggles with her identity in the wake of such grief: "Widow-- //echo--//there is no proper name / for the daughter left without a mother."
 

About Collier Nogues

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COLLIER NOGUES hails from Austin. Her fellowships include residencies from MacDowell Colony and Ucross. She lives in Long Beach, CA.
 
Published March 8, 2011 by Four Way. 80 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nogues's debut quietly but squarely takes on death, family, place, landscape, history, love, marriage, though grief ties them all together, providing not only identity but also genealogy and community

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