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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

Billy Collins claims the top spot this week on the contemporary best-seller list, while Michael Robbins’s Alien vs. Predator claws its way into the top five, at #3, after a hiatus from the list last week. Is Prometheus driving poetry sales? Maybe. This week, only one book makes its debut: Michael and Matthew Dickman’s 50 American Plays enters the list at #11. The dynamic twin brother duo combine their efforts to create poem-plays capturing the essence of the fifty states. From the publisher: “Their verse. . . is strikingly different. Michael’s poems are interior, fragmentary, and austere, often stripped down to single-word lines; they seethe with incipient violence. Matthew’s are effusive, ecstatic, and all-embracing, spilling over with pop-cultural references and exuberant carnality.” Finally, the latest arrival to the children’s best-seller list is Robert Forbes’s ‪Beastly Feasts!: ‪A Mischievous Menagerie in Rhyme. “With over 40 delicious poems and zany illustrations of each featured creature (and a secret critter peeping out from each page) from master cartoonist Robert Searle, these wildly playful rhymes and charmingly intricate illustrations will keep readers 7 to 70 coming back to the table again and again.”

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, June 1st, 2012 by Harriet Staff.