Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Gonzalez and Chang on The Poetry Foundation's Best-Sellers List!

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Four Way Books has a couple of recently published collections on this week's contemporary bestseller list. Black Blossoms by Rigoberto Gonzalez explores the private lives of working class women, rooting his poems in the female body and employing language that's been described as "lush," "sensuous," "graphic," and "grotesque" (Publishers Weekly). Also from Four Way, Of Gods and Strangers by Tina Chang meditates on history (“How the past/ holds onto us with its short leash/ and yelping") and raises questions about poetry's responsibility to bear witness to darkness and disaster.

About the List
Our poetry best-seller lists are based on data received from Nielsen BookScan, which tracks sales from more than 4,500 retail booksellers. Retailers included in the list include both large, high-volume retailers such as Borders and Amazon.com, and more than 400 smaller, independent bookstores. We generate the lists each week by tallying the number of books sold for recently published volumes of contemporary poetry, poetry anthologies, and children's poetry. The contemporary poetry best-seller list is meant to reflect the current market for new poetry, and so excludes translations and new editions of classical works. Our small press list is based on Small Press Distribution's poetry sales to bookstores and individual customers, which are reported to us on a monthly basis.