2 poetry books that r selling nicely


(Poetry Diary 268 – 6/22/17) I talked w Colleen, /the v. cool person in charge of ordering books for Atticus Bookstore/Cafe (one of my favorite independent New Haven bookstores due to its books, cards, & soup) yesterday.  I’m geekily fascinated in the topic of what poetry books sell and why….She reported that sales of poetry books have gone up this year. 🙂 Two that are selling well (probably partly because both got good NY Times reviews, see the following links–) are Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky with Exit Wounds and Molly McCully Brown’s The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded.  Here’s a poem from each:



Ocean Vuong – On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
Tell me it was for the hunger
& nothing less. For hunger is to give
the body what it knows


From Another Dormitory

Molly McCully Brown

I. Where You Are (vii)

Everything begins and ends here.
Still, the girls are sleeping in the narrow bunks.
Still, in their sleep, they call out.

Read rest of poem  at The Adroit Journal

Also at The Adroit Journal, read an interview with Brown



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