Thursday, April 05, 2007

From Poetry Foundation:

Poetry Bestsellers
this week/last week, title, weeks on chart

1/1 The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems (paperback) by Billy Collins (Random House) 3
2/2 Thirst by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press) 30
3/4 Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems by Billy Collins (Random House Trade Paperbacks) 60
4/-- New and Selected Poems, Volume Two (paperback) (Beacon Press) 1
5/19 Acolytes: Poems by Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow) 9
6/5 New and Selected Poems: Volume One by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press) 62
7/-- The Scarlet Ibis by Susan Hahn (Northwestern University Press) 1
8/13 The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998 by Nikki Giovanni (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) 9
9/11 Refusing Heaven by Jack Gilbert (Knopf) 2
10/-- American Spikenard by Sarah Vap (University of Iowa Press) 1
11/3 Delights and Shadows by Ted Kooser (Copper Canyon Press) 61
12/8 Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press) 61
13/-- Dummy Fire by Sarah Vap (Saturnalia Books) 2
14/-- Glean by Joshua Kryah (Nightboat Books) 3
15/7 Averno by Louise Glück (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 7
16/14 Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath (Harper Perennial) 60
17/-- The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni: 1968-1998 (hardcover) by Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow) 1
17/-- Blue Hour: Poems by Carolyn Forché (Harper Perennial) 2
18/21 New and Selected Poems: Volume Two by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press) 60
19/23 Nine Horses: Poems by Billy Collins (Random House) 61
19/18 Here, Bullet by Brian Turner (Alice James Books) 37
20/10 Blue Iris: Poems and Essays by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press) 27
20/-- Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments by Elizabeth Bishop (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) 2
21/-- The Invention of the Kaleidoscope by Paisley Rekdal (University of Pittsburgh Press) 1
22/-- Given: Poems by Wendell Berry (Shoemaker & Hoard) 45
22/28 After by Jane Hirshfield (Harper Perennial) 5
23/9 A Worldly Country by John Ashbery (Ecco /HarperCollins) 7
24/-- Only the Senses Sleep by Wayne Miller (New Issues Poetry & Prose) 3
25/-- The Animal Gospels by Brian Barker (Tupelo Press) 1
26/-- Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems by Nikki Giovanni (William Morrow) 2
26/-- Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays by Mary Oliver (Beacon Press) 52
26/-- Echolalia by Deborah Bernhardt (Four Way Books) 1
27/-- Collected Poems 1947-1997 by Allen Ginsberg (HarperCollins) 23
27/17 Slouching Toward Nirvana: New Poems by Charles Bukowski (Ecco) 60
28/27 The Second Child by Deborah Garrison (Random House) 8
29/-- The Apple That Astonished Paris by Billy Collins (University of Arkansas Press) 39
30/-- The Flash of Lightning Behind the Mountain: New Poems by Charles Bukowski (Ecco) 11


aka Leonardo Likes Gulls said...

Wow, it's kind of fascinating to me that Billy Collin's older books are on this list. It really shows me how different poetry is than fiction. I think they say with fiction you have 8 months (or is it eight weeks?!) to make an impact on the market before sliding into oblivion. Apparently with poetry, it's more like 8 years!

Thanks, Peter (btw, a little bird told me that your book was the top seller at Open Books this month--hoorah!)

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see my MFA mentor in the MFA program at #25 (hopefully that's with a bullet). It's a reallly fine collection.


Oliver de la Paz said...

My money's on Sarah Vap, just because she's cool. GO SARAH!

Rumor is she and her hubby Todd are heading up to WA state.