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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

On this week’s contemporary best-seller list, the top five is occupied by five familiar names, with Billy Collins’s Horoscopes for the Dead holding on to the top slot. New and notable is Sherod Santos’s The Intricate Soul: New and Selected Poems, which enters the list at #13. According to Publisher’s Weekly, “At one point in this retrospective, Santos inadvertently describes his own poems as a ‘soft susurrus/ of myriad whispered conversations/that after all is said and done/ still keep the painful sum of things.’ This collection draws from Santos’s five books and includes a significant body of previously unpublished work. Santos is a storyteller, creating vignette-like poems that draw the reader completely into an alien moment.” Major Jackson’s third collection debuts this week at #24. Holding Company “delves into wrenching, personal subject matter in rigid 10-line poems, a formal choice that seems to inspire an emotional nakedness he hasn’t previously achieved.” Finally, clocking in at #25 is Inmost, by Jessica Fisher. “Jessica Fisher’s second book of poems brings lyric’s intensity of perception to an era of global war while chronicling the everyday motions of new motherhood. In this elegant and elusive work, the inmost moves outward, like sight or voice, into the external world.”

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, July 27th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.