Christine Deavel’s first full-length collection of poems, Woodnote, debuts on this week’s contemporary best seller list at number 26. Deavel, who co-owns the poetry-only bookstore Open Books in Seattle, often writes a spare, Niedecker-esque line that explores the natural world— “It is possible to / believe in the chrysanthemum / To follow its will / for it has none”—but she also ventures here into meditative prose poems that explore the natural and social history of Indiana, Deavel’s home state. Also debuting on this week’s list—and also featuring meditative prose poetry—is Ed Pavlic’s collection Winners Have Yet to be Announced, at number 19. The 2008 collection explores the life and work of soul singer Donny Hathaway, best known for his duet with Roberta Flack (pictured), “Where is the Love.”

Originally Published: September 9th, 2011