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SPD Announces the Top 100 Bestselling Poetry Books of the Decade!

By Harriet Staff


Yup, Small Press Distribution has done it again! As if the monthly bestsellers list wasn't enough, now we have ourselves a list of the 100 bestselling poetry titles purchased from SPD from the beginning of the current decade until now.

And thus, we begin our walk-through:

Over at #4, not a BIG surprise, is Heather Christle's The Trees The Trees (published by Octopus Books). Long-time bestseller Humanimal: A Project for Future Children, by Bhanu Kapil (published by Kelsey Street Press) is still hanging on at #7. Oh and did we mention, relative newcomer The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral (edited by Joshua Corey and GC Waldrep, Ahsahta Press) is over at #3? Wow! Christian Hawkey's Ventrakl (published by UDP) is over at #10! (Still going strong after its publication in 2010.)

Scrolling down further, we find I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (edited by Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, Teresa Carmody, and Vanessa Place, Les Figues Press) at #19. A Mouth in California (by Graham Foust, published by Flood Editions) is at #22. And hey! There's Ascension, by giovanni singleton, published by Counterpath Press, at #25! Newly published A Dark Dreambox of Another Kind: The Poems of Alfred Starr Hamilton (The Song Cave) and SABORAMI (Cecilia Vicuna, ChainLinks) are #28 and #31, respectively.

One of SPD's maestros, Brent Cunningham, has a bestselling title at #45: that's Journey to the Sun, published by Atelos. Dapper Ben Mirov has a bestseller over at #47, Hider Roser, published by Octopus Books. CA Conrad's spectacular The Book of Frank, republished by Wave, is at #50. Another Graham Foust title, To Anacreon in Heaven and Other Poems, also published by Flood, is over at #54.

There's even another Bhanu Kapil title--Schizophrene, published by Nightboat--coming in at #60. (Oh and did we mention Remember to Wave, by Kaia Sand, published by Tinfish, is at #56?) Matvei Yankelevich's Alpha Donut, published by United Artists Books, is at number #61.

Mid-list is The Waste Land and Other Poems (John Beer, Canarium Books), The Wide Road, jointly authored by Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian (Belladonna*), from unincorporated territory [hacha] (Craig Santos Perez, Tinfish), Green-Wood (Allison Cobb, Factory School), Autobiography of Envelopes (Sarah Riggs, Burning Deck), and more more more.

#100? It's: It's No Good, by Kirill Medvedev, published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Check out numero uno and the full list here.

Keep on keepin' on, folks!

Originally Published: August 9th, 2013