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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

On this week’s contemporary best-seller list, poet laureate Natasha Trethewey again reigns supreme with her latest collection, Thrall. Sharon Olds’s Stag’s Leap (in paperback) jumps one spot from last week to #2, while the counter-part hardcover drops down one position to #7. Eduardo C. Corral, winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, enters the top five at #4 with Slow Lightning. And rounding out the top five, Mary Oliver reenters the tier with Swan. New to the list this week are two titles from Red Hen Press. Covet, by Lynnell Edwards, makes its debut at #22. Of Edwards’s latest volume David Mason says, “Lynnell Edwards’ new collection of finely wrought poems invites us to join her pacing the quotidian, where the objects and furniture of other peoples’ lives can be as covetous as ghosts. Here we find ourselves settled and unsettled, able to touch the absence in the passages of joy. Such things as coyotes and domestic life are faced with wry humor and a ‘salted grace,’ and an age-dulled prism becomes a ‘lost slipper of light.’ This fine poet’s ability to ‘see into the life of things,’ as Wordsworth put it, makes her third book a quiet revelation and a necessary read.” Sailing into the list at #24, also from Red Hen Press, is William Trowbridge’s Ship of Fool. Natasha Trethewey describes her experience reading Ship of Fool when she writes, “I laughed out loud reading William Trowbridge’s new collection, Ship of Fool. In the delightfully absurd experiences of Fool, an angel with a big heart for humanity, it’s easy to see ourselves—the joys and heartbreaks, successes and failures of our ordinary lives underscored by chance, mishap, all the accidents of history to which we are bound. The past rears up in these poems, often homely and uncomfortable, tempered by Trowbridge’s fine wit and unsentimental tenderness. As with the best humor, mirth and despair are twinned here—the truth of our human condition to which Trowbridge turns again and again with his wise and empathetic vision.” Finally, debuting at #29 is If One of Us Should Fall, by Nicole Terez Dutton.

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, September 21st, 2012 by Harriet Staff.