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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff

Trethewey, Collins, and Smith are still rocking the top three spots on this week’s contemporary best-sellers list. Last week Mark Strand’s Almost Invisible disappeared from the list, only to materialize this week in the #4 position. Topping off the top five is a revitalized Nikky Finney, moving from #17 to #5 with Head Off & Split. We have a whole slew of new titles this week, starting with Richard Blanco’s Looking for the Gulf Motel, “a genealogy of the heart, exploring how [Blanco’s] family’s emotion legacy has shaped—and continues shaping—his perspectives,” debuting at #7. Also new to the list at #12 is Amy Beeder’s latest, Now Make an Altar. Entering the list at #24 is Valzhyna Mort’s Collected Body. From The California Journal of Poetics: “Collected Body is the first book Valzhyna Mort has written in English. It is a rich and complex tapestry of characters and their memories, histories, and—most importantly—their personal stories, which often take on mythical elements as they proceed on their shared journey of survival and transformation.” Jumping over to the small press list, Joshua Corey’s The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral tops the list this week, while the Les Figues anthology of conceptual writing by women, I’ll Drown My Book, comes in at #5. Of note is Ben Friedlander’s One Hundred Etudes, described by K. Silem Mohammad as “…virtuoso performances that reflect movingly on the historical conditions through and against which writers have adapted their strategies and attitudes. Over a century of poetic principles and theorems are focused here into a concerted series of expressions, operating within the rigorous, even alienating, requirements…” Finally, David Lehman’s The Best American Poetry 2012 leads the away again on the best-selling anthology list.

Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, October 5th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.