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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

This week on the contemporary best-seller list, Laura Kasischke’s Space, In Chains infiltrates the stronghold of the top five, coming in at #4. The other titles in the top five remain unchanged from last week, with Michael Robbins’s Alien vs. Predator battling back to #1. New to the list is a remarkable cadre of dudes: Thomas P. Lynch, Glenn Shaheen, Hayden Carruth, John Brehm, Lew Welch, and David Elliott. From the dude-list here, we can look at two titles dealing with finality. Last Poems by Hayden Carruth, which debuts at #17, makes for an excellent capstone to this poet’s long and prolific career. Publishers Weekly notes, “This unusual book combines his last 40 pages of unpublished poetry with the final poem from each of his previous books, making for a powerful monument to this poet’s career. The new poems are, unsurprisingly, elegiac, full of conversational good-byes and regrets buoyed by a dash of kind humor.” Secondly, and finally, Lew Welch’s long out of print collected poems, Ring of Bone, appears in an expanded edition. Originally edited by Donald Allen shortly after Welch’s assumed suicide in 1971 (his body was never found), “Ring of Bone collects poems, songs, and some drawings, documenting the full sweep of Welch’s creative output, from his early years until just before his disappearance. This new expanded edition includes a biographic timeline, a statement of poetics gleaned from Welch’s own writing and a new forword by close friend, Gary Snyder.”

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, June 15th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.