Billy Collins returns to the top spot for this week’s contemporary best seller list. The paperback edition of his book Ballistics edges out Anne Carson’s Nox, which slips to number 2. Also in the top ten this week is Christopher Howell’s Dreamless and Possible, a new and selected collection from the Eastern Washington poet. Making their debuts on the list this week are two titles from Penguin: the National Poetry Series award-winning Burn Lake by New Mexico’s Carrie Fountain, and Raptus, the third collection from Joanna Klink. Both of these titles have Kindle Editions available from Amazon, as does Robert Hass’s the Apple Trees at Olema (number 7), though this last fact has not pleased the New York Times, which called Hass’s poems in the e-book version “ugly.”  :(

Originally Published: June 4th, 2010