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Contemporary best sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

This week on the contemporary best-seller list, two major award-winning poets make their debut in the #1 and #2 slots. Jack Gilbert’s Collected Poems enters the list at the top. Of Gilbert’s work, Publisher’s Weekly writes, “Gilbert has long held legendary status among poetry readers for his wise, hard-won poems about the joys and complexities of romantic love, about grief and about the power of experience deeply felt… The publication of Gilbert’s complete body of work to date is doubtless a literary event. From his Yale Younger Poet’s Prize–winning debut, Gilbert’s poems have felt wise beyond their years and yet youthful, full of contradictions that give them life.” Following Gilbert is Mark Strand’s latest collection Almost Visible. Here, Strand writes poems “appearing as pure prose, sometimes as impure poetry, but always with Strand’s clarity and simplicity of style, they are like riddles, their answers vanishing just as they appear within reach.” Also of note, debuting at #27 is Jazzy Danziger’s Darkroom, winner of the 2012 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and at #28 is Martha Collins’s book-length sequence White Papers.

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 by Harriet Staff.