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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

Leading the pack on this week’s contemporary best sellers list is Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars, landing once again at #1 for the second week in a row. Notable and new to the list is Nathaniel Tarn’s Ins and Outs of Forests and Rivers at #6. In his latest volume, Tarn, a veteran poet and anthropologist, “dives deep into the spiritual and physical sufferings of our global age” by confronting ecological loss, war, and the fate of indigenous cultures. Also of note, Ishmael Reed’s New and Collected Poems, 1964-2006 enters the list at #21. From his long, multi-genre career “New and Collected Poems, 1966-2006 captures four decades of Reed’s inimitable verse… In language that is pointed, innovative, and profound, Reed weaves politics and war with Yoruba and Jazz, and takes on American culture, from prejudice to Pepsi to George W. Bush.” And finally, Nobel Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo’s June Fourth Elegies (translated by Jeffrey Yang) makes its debut at #18. Written as poems to commemorate the victims of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, of which Liu Xiaobo was a leading activist, the poems in this collection are “raw, yet reflective, sometimes nightmarish elegies.”

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, May 11th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.