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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

It’s all about Rae Armantrout on this week’s contemporary best-seller list. Money Shot slides into the #1 slot, up from #2 last week. This week, it’s also all about paperbacks adding renewed vigor to the life of a best-seller. Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard (in paperback) claims #2; Christian Wiman’s Every Riven Thing (in paperback) drops from #1 to the third spot on the list; and Armantrout’s Versed (in paperback) caps off the top five.

Checking in this week with small press best sellers, Dana Ward’s This Can’t Be Life inches up one notch to #4. Author of numerous chapbooks, Ward’s first full-length collection “is an infinite frame-dissolve between art and life engined by the thoughts and feelings associated with the relationship between mortality and politics.” Holding strong at #3 is Brent Cunningham’s epic Journey to the Sun, which can be summarized best by the subtitle: “Wherein the Author recounts his travels, at the tender age of Thirteen, to the Source of All Life, accompanyied by his father’s employer, Mister George Westinghouse, and not neglecting the Author’s youthful opinions on the matters of Publick Education, Poetry, and Messianic Time.” Need we say more?

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, March 9th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.