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Poems that address interpersonal connections while navigating life and care amid disease and disaster.   Collaboration runs through the heart of this collection. Human relationships—particularly in families—shape the poems in Blue in Green, as they consider how the question of what we expect from one another evolves into a question of what we owe. When cancer overshadows t Poems that address interpersonal connections while navigating life and care amid disease and disaster.   Collaboration runs through the heart of this collection. Human relationships—particularly in families—shape the poems in Blue in Green, as they consider how the question of what we expect from one another evolves into a question of what we owe. When cancer overshadows the ordinary—engrossing the labor of love, work, and friendship—disease becomes a collaborator and proposes new rules of exchange.    The forms of Elliott’s works highlight reciprocity. Here you’ll find ekphrastic poems that describe modern jazz songs, letters and letter fragments, and free verse poems in wildly variable line lengths. “When I was a wave,” the speaker repeats, each time telling a different story about intimacy and risk. Blue in Green moves through the struggle of processing the damaging interpersonal reverberations of racism, sexism, and environmental damage, while navigating intertwined personal and political incarnations of care. While a slow-growing disease burns its way through the speaker’s body, these poems reveal the feeling of perpetually existing in the shadow of catastrophe and document the slow and strange process of coming to terms with that way of living.  


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Poems that address interpersonal connections while navigating life and care amid disease and disaster.   Collaboration runs through the heart of this collection. Human relationships—particularly in families—shape the poems in Blue in Green, as they consider how the question of what we expect from one another evolves into a question of what we owe. When cancer overshadows t Poems that address interpersonal connections while navigating life and care amid disease and disaster.   Collaboration runs through the heart of this collection. Human relationships—particularly in families—shape the poems in Blue in Green, as they consider how the question of what we expect from one another evolves into a question of what we owe. When cancer overshadows the ordinary—engrossing the labor of love, work, and friendship—disease becomes a collaborator and proposes new rules of exchange.    The forms of Elliott’s works highlight reciprocity. Here you’ll find ekphrastic poems that describe modern jazz songs, letters and letter fragments, and free verse poems in wildly variable line lengths. “When I was a wave,” the speaker repeats, each time telling a different story about intimacy and risk. Blue in Green moves through the struggle of processing the damaging interpersonal reverberations of racism, sexism, and environmental damage, while navigating intertwined personal and political incarnations of care. While a slow-growing disease burns its way through the speaker’s body, these poems reveal the feeling of perpetually existing in the shadow of catastrophe and document the slow and strange process of coming to terms with that way of living.  

31 review for Blue in Green

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Blue in Green is a short poetry collection by Chiyuma Elliott. I really wish I had enjoyed this book more bitunfortunately I found many of the poems confusing and frustrating to understand as I felt there was so much missing for the full story and picture to be built on. I felt a little lost reading this poetry collection but did enjoy the fact that each poem was inspired from I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers. Blue in Green is a short poetry collection by Chiyuma Elliott. I really wish I had enjoyed this book more bitunfortunately I found many of the poems confusing and frustrating to understand as I felt there was so much missing for the full story and picture to be built on. I felt a little lost reading this poetry collection but did enjoy the fact that each poem was inspired from other writings and music. However, maybe that is where some of the confusion lies.

  2. 4 out of 5

    andreea. (paperrcuts)

    A very unusual collection, that I navigated sort of dumbstruck. It is raw and despondent, terminal illness incarnate. I really wanted to take something away from it, but more often than not, it was too vague and confusing, even for my own peculiar taste in poetry. However, the poems I liked I truly liked. DEAR PAST AND FUTURE METASTASIS, The women sitting next to me in the bakery are talking about mammograms. In one story, the radiologist is young and thus recommends a second test. In another, th A very unusual collection, that I navigated sort of dumbstruck. It is raw and despondent, terminal illness incarnate. I really wanted to take something away from it, but more often than not, it was too vague and confusing, even for my own peculiar taste in poetry. However, the poems I liked I truly liked. DEAR PAST AND FUTURE METASTASIS, The women sitting next to me in the bakery are talking about mammograms. In one story, the radiologist is young and thus recommends a second test. In another, the doctor says, re clinical trials, participation is free, and no harm will come to you. Someone says, How are you? and I say, Vertical. Because lying is wrong, and the whole truth is tactless. The time I said,gill net, I meant, look here. And biopsy meant two hypotheses about rain. Remember when you called me artless? It wasn't a coincidence. I was trying to describe that faded Vermeer print: at first it looked like any seaside shop front, but the point was that it wasn't. Re fables: to go where you go, and do what you do, and then be buried there is a raw deal. Re rawness: a colposcopy begins with vinegar (a natural indicator). Or rather, it begins with a video tutorial about the body in relation to a speculum. IF I ASKED YOU TO Sing me a song about impostors, buttons Used in place of lost game pieces, scraps Of newsprint someone kept for, Saved for, no discernible reason, what Thin paper does to the body in Question: as it's rinsed, as someone Who's ceded the spray leans back, Hip against the tiles, the green band At plate-rail height like a necklace— Of emeralds? Like a ring Of trees? And just outside it, the eyes Of so many foxes—small bright disks Reflecting. Theoretically, Trees fell and were chipped, A single grand gesture, like a ballet, And the birds heard it all And saw it all, the space between Trees like tall windows, and the sweep Of a hand, and the water Cascading in x direction. COMPOSITION NO. 151 Maybe the song is a fluke, or maybe it means a dramatic view, or it drinks from the lake and tells something truetrue during certain harvest festivals the pattern can be found inside geodes and tendons during certain harvest festivals the pattern can be found inside June sun and April wind— or maybe it means I will be as the sky is blue to you [Arc provided via Netgalley]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Poptart19 (the name’s ren)

    3 stars Beautiful language, some poems that were incomprehensible to me, & some that were almost perfect in mood & image & meaning. Expressive & spare. [What I liked:] •The language is gorgeous. These poems are fun to read aloud because the words are so musical together. •”Let me be just a little bit bitter so I remember:” is a wonderful poem. So brief, yet says so much. I really like the ending. •The poems in this collection were inspired by other works of art, music, or writings. Those give inte 3 stars Beautiful language, some poems that were incomprehensible to me, & some that were almost perfect in mood & image & meaning. Expressive & spare. [What I liked:] •The language is gorgeous. These poems are fun to read aloud because the words are so musical together. •”Let me be just a little bit bitter so I remember:” is a wonderful poem. So brief, yet says so much. I really like the ending. •The poems in this collection were inspired by other works of art, music, or writings. Those give interesting context, & sometimes very helpful hints as to the themes of the poems (see the notes at the back of the volume). [What I didn’t like as much:] •I got easily lost in several of these poems. The images were fragmented. I couldn’t get a grasp on what the topic was. That was frustrating, even if I read thrice over trying to understand what I was missing. [I received an ARC ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for the book!]

  4. 5 out of 5

    heather

    This was quite a unique collection of poems and while I enjoyed some of the poems, others were kind of hard to grasp - the latter which I felt were more abstract and transient in nature. These poems came off as really personal and I feel this is especially so since Chiyuma Elliott seemed to have taken a lot of inspiration and references from other pieces of work (poems, musical compositions, etc.) as seen in the Notes section. I enjoyed her use of language and literary devices and found the surr This was quite a unique collection of poems and while I enjoyed some of the poems, others were kind of hard to grasp - the latter which I felt were more abstract and transient in nature. These poems came off as really personal and I feel this is especially so since Chiyuma Elliott seemed to have taken a lot of inspiration and references from other pieces of work (poems, musical compositions, etc.) as seen in the Notes section. I enjoyed her use of language and literary devices and found the surrealistic touch in some of her poems interesting as well. One of my favourite poems was My Throat in the Field. Thank you NetGalley and University of Chicago Press for providing an eARC of this book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Seher

    Thank you NetGalley for a chance to read and review this ARC! While a lot of this sounded very pretty, I didn't understand it, which stops me from giving it more than three stars. Thank you NetGalley for a chance to read and review this ARC! While a lot of this sounded very pretty, I didn't understand it, which stops me from giving it more than three stars.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elin

  7. 5 out of 5

    E.The.Bookworm.World

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karina

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    Megan

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    Alex Helm

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    Leo

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    Singrid

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    Lindsey Lewis

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    Drew Austen

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    Alena

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    Assia

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    Emily

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    Kat Lewis

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    Juli Anna

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    afewsocks

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    Kimberly

  22. 5 out of 5

    Damaris

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    Haneef Khan

  24. 5 out of 5

    hailey jade !!

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    Júlia

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    Sanjana

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    Paige D

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    Mary Nguh

  29. 5 out of 5

    Achilles Keane

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lakayla

  31. 5 out of 5

    Taryn Young

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