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Contemporary best-sellers this week

By Harriet Staff


If the world was supposed to end today, no one let this week’s contemporary best sellers list know. The same titles are camped out in their familiar positions, including Mary Oliver’s A Thousand Mornings, which leads this rapturous chain of best selling poetry. Following Oliver is Louise Glück with her tome of poems, Poems 1962-2012. Dropping one spot to #3 is Jack Gilbert’s Collected Poems, while David Ferry’s Bewilderment moves up one place to #4. And capping off the top five, appropriately enough on this anticipated end-of-days day, is Billy Collins with his Horoscopes for the Dead. We usually like to mention the new titles entering the list at this point, but unfortunately, there is none today. Perhaps those potential best-sellers are nursing hangovers and checking on an “End of the World” clause in their credit card agreements. . .

*** Please note that we will discontinue publishing the Best-selling Poetry Book lists on our site in 2013. Lists of best-selling poetry from small presses can be found on the Small Press Distribution website, and lists of bestselling contemporary poetry, children’s poetry, and anthologies can be purchased through Nielsen Bookscan.

The archive of past best-sellers will be available until February 28th. If you have questions, please contact us at info (a) poetryfoundation.org.

Posted in Poetry News on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Harriet Staff.