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Contemporary Best Sellers This Week

By Harriet Staff

D.A. Powell’s latest book Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys skyrockets into the top slot on this week’s contemporary best-seller list, knocking Nikky Finney’s Head Off & Split from #1 down to second place. Already garnering accolades from book critics far and wide, Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys “condenses [Powell’s] obsessions into poems clearer and more compact than ever, some scathing and others comedic, some based on life stories and others built on puns.” Like Powell’s earlier books, his latest intermingles traditional poetic concerns with the realities of contemporary American life in compact, lucid verse. Chronic, Powell’s previous collection and winner of the Kinsley Tufts Award, debuts in a paperback edition this week at #17. Meanwhile, fellow Kinsley Tufts Award winner Campbell McGrath enters the list this week at #9 with his most recent collection In the Kingdom of Sea Monkeys.

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Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, February 24th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.