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Poetry best sellers, February 27-March 2, 2011

By Harriet Staff

This week Mary Oliver once again claims the top two spots on the contemporary best seller list with Swan and Evidence, while her Thirst advances to fifth place, up from number 8. Nikky Finney jumps into the top ten at number 3 with Head Off & Split, and Charles Bukowski’s Pleasures of the Damned tailspins to number 10 (from fourth place). Of notable mention is Susan Howe’s This That, moving up eleven slots to 18 after she was awarded Yale University’s Bollingen Prize in American Poetry earlier this month. According to the judging committee, This That “makes manifest the raw edges of elegy through the collision of verse and prose, visionary lyricism and mundane incident, ekphrasis, visual patterning, and the reclamation of historical documents.” And over at SPD’s best sellers list for February, Noah Eli Gordon claims the top spot with The Source.


Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, March 14th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.