Week 32 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Sandra Cisneros

There is a fondness for animals in the story Puro Amor. “La casa azul,” the cobalt blue residence of Mister and Missus Rivera, overflows with hairless dogs, monkeys, a fawn, a “passionate” Guacamaya macaw, tarantulas, an iguana, and rescues that resemble “ancient Olmec pottery.” Missus loves the rescues most “because their eyes were filled with grief.” She takes lavish care of her husband too, a famous artist, though her neighbors insist he has eyes for other women: “He’s spoiled.” “He’s a fat toad.” She cannot reject him. ..”.because love is like that. No matter how much it bites, we enjoy and admire the scars.” Thus, the generous creatures pawing her belly, sleeping on her pillow, and “kneeling outside her door like the adoring Magi before the just-born Christ.” This beautiful chapbook is bi-lingual and contains several illustrations–line drawings by Cisneros herself.

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class.  Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship.

1 (4) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

2 (3) The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow (Blue Nib Publishing, 2018)

3 (2) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

4 (1) Altogether Elsewhere – Jazzman John Robert Clarke (Sampson Low, 2017)

5 (5) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 2011)

6 (6) These Dark Days – Hope Zane (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

7 (New entry) sad dog poems: Volume 2 – James Lawson Moore  (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

8 (7) Tales from Gothic Chapbooks: Castles and Spectres – Sarah Wilkinson & CF Barrett (Independently published, 2012)

9 (8) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

10 (10) Serotonin – Erin Bethany (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2016)

 

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Week 31 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Jazzman John Robert Clarke

Altogether Elsewhere is a vibrant journey between reality and fantasy. The truths are strong, poignant and positive. The dreams are the shifting sands of sunsets and twilight visions. This chapbook is richly illustrated by Pete Jon Smith who captures London’s dissociative landscapes that are both urban and pastoral, real and unreal.

Poet, writer and performer, John Robert Clarke (b. 1948) is a well known name in London’s poetry performance scene. Born of Dublin parentage, he devoted more than two decades of his early career in commercial banking before finding the Muse in the mid to late 1990’s. Clarke is affectionately known as ‘Jazzman John’ due to his abiding influence from & interest in Jazz, Jazz styles, structures and rhythms. He ran a series of ‘alternative’ events throughout London, featuring, mainly, poets, musicians, singer-songwriters & performers. He was a regular performer at London venues up until his death in August 2018.

1 (New entry) Altogether Elsewhere – Jazzman John Robert Clarke (Sampson Low, 2017)

2 (2) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, 2017)

3 (New entry) The Blue Nib Chapbook 2 – Anne Walsh Donnelly, Akshaya Pawaskar and Bobbie Sparrow (Blue Nib Publishing, 2018)

4 (1) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

5 (4) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2011)

6 (5) These Dark Days – Hope Zane (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

7 (3) Tales from Gothic Chapbooks: Castles and Spectres – Sarah Wilkinson & CF Barrett (Independently published, 2012)

8 (6) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

9 (7) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, Sept. 2010)

10 (8) Serotonin – Erin Bethany (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2016)

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Week 30 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Sandra Cisneros

There is a fondness for animals in the story Puro Amor. “La casa azul,” the cobalt blue residence of Mister and Missus Rivera, overflows with hairless dogs, monkeys, a fawn, a “passionate” Guacamaya macaw, tarantulas, an iguana, and rescues that resemble “ancient Olmec pottery.” Missus loves the rescues most “because their eyes were filled with grief.” She takes lavish care of her husband too, a famous artist, though her neighbors insist he has eyes for other women: “He’s spoiled.” “He’s a fat toad.” She cannot reject him. ..”.because love is like that. No matter how much it bites, we enjoy and admire the scars.” Thus, the generous creatures pawing her belly, sleeping on her pillow, and “kneeling outside her door like the adoring Magi before the just-born Christ.” This beautiful chapbook is bi-lingual and contains several illustrations–line drawings by Cisneros herself.

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class.  Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and national and international book awards, including Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. Most recently, she received the Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship.

1 (New entry) Puro Amor  – Sandra Cisneros (Sarabande Books, 2018)

2 (1) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, Oct 2017)

3 (New entry) Tales from Gothic Chapbooks: Castles and Spectres – Sarah Wilkinson & CF Barrett (Independently published, 2012)

4 (3) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2011)

5 (New entry) These Dark Days – Hope Zane (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018)

6 (5) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

7 (6) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, Sept. 2010)

8 (New entry) Serotonin – Erin Bethany (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 2016)

9 (8) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

10 (New entry) Eating fireflies – Kumar Luv & Rajashree Patra (Independently published, 2017)

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Week 27 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Prince Unsworth

A Chapbook of Poems is a new collection of 25 compositions by Prince Unsworth,  charting a voyage through the genres of Narrative, Horror, Love and Beauty. The poems vary in theme, shape, size and form, with such titles as Give In She Waits For Me, The Proposal, and Norma  for the reader to enjoy.

Prince Unsworth was born in the historic town of Winchester in 1992, but grew up a short distance away in Eastleigh. He fell in love with reading and writing poetry whilst studying at secondary school. Struggling to cope with his parents separation, poetry gave him that real escape from life. Somewhere he could really express the feelings that bubbled deep inside. After leaving school the art of poetry was lost to him and he settled into a few different jobs. Then on the 25th of June 2009 the sad news that Michael Jackson had died led Prince to the poetry of the 20th Century’s popular balladeer. This was the catalyst for a new love affair with poetry. The seed of inspiration grew into Prince’s first published anthology in October 2017, a collection that reached the UK number 1 spot later that month.

(1) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, Oct 2017)

2 (2) Brood – Kimiko Hahn  (Sarabande Books, July 2018)

3 (5) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2011)

4 (New entry) Super Mega Awesome Chapbook – Allan Aliwa (Publisher unknown, June 2018)

5 (3) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

6 (4) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, Sept. 2010)

7 (10) Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, Dec 2016)

8 (6) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

9 (New entry) No Love Truer – Kimberly McAfee (Publisher unknown, July 2018)

10 (New entry) Poem – Timmy Read (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Feb 2018)

 

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Week 26 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Prince Unsworth

A Chapbook of Poems is a new collection of 25 compositions by Prince Unsworth,  charting a voyage through the genres of Narrative, Horror, Love and Beauty. The poems vary in theme, shape, size and form, with such titles as Give In She Waits For Me, The Proposal, and Norma  for the reader to enjoy.

Prince Unsworth was born in the historic town of Winchester in 1992, but grew up a short distance away in Eastleigh. He fell in love with reading and writing poetry whilst studying at secondary school. Struggling to cope with his parents separation, poetry gave him that real escape from life. Somewhere he could really express the feelings that bubbled deep inside. After leaving school the art of poetry was lost to him and he settled into a few different jobs. Then on the 25th of June 2009 the sad news that Michael Jackson had died led Prince to the poetry of the 20th Century’s popular balladeer. This was the catalyst for a new love affair with poetry. The seed of inspiration grew into Prince’s first published anthology in October 2017, a collection that reached the UK number 1 spot later that month.

(1) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, Oct 2017)

2 (3) Brood – Kimiko Hahn  (Sarabande Books, July 2018)

3 (5) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

4 (6) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, Sept. 2010)

5 (8) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2011)

6 (New entry) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, July 2017)

7 (10) Epidemia Haiku Chapbook – Valkyriekerry Kelly (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, June 2018)

8 (7) London Violins – Alban Low and DJ Ritu  (Sampson Low, June 2018)

9 (New entry) Dark Matter – Valkyriekerry Kelly (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, June 2018)

10 (2) Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, Dec 2016)

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Week 25 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Prince Unsworth

A Chapbook of Poems is a new collection of 25 compositions by Prince Unsworth,  charting a voyage through the genres of Narrative, Horror, Love and Beauty. The poems vary in theme, shape, size and form, with such titles as Give In She Waits For Me, The Proposal, and Norma  for the reader to enjoy.

Prince Unsworth was born in the historic town of Winchester in 1992, but grew up a short distance away in Eastleigh. He fell in love with reading and writing poetry whilst studying at secondary school. Struggling to cope with his parents separation, poetry gave him that real escape from life. Somewhere he could really express the feelings that bubbled deep inside. After leaving school the art of poetry was lost to him and he settled into a few different jobs. Then on the 25th of June 2009 the sad news that Michael Jackson had died led Prince to the poetry of the 20th Century’s popular balladeer. This was the catalyst for a new love affair with poetry. The seed of inspiration grew into Prince’s first published anthology in October 2017, a collection that reached the UK number 1 spot later that month.

(7) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, Oct 2017)

2 (2) Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, Dec 2016)

3 (1) Brood – Kimiko Hahn  (Sarabande Books, July 2018)

4 (3) Elegy for the Last Male Northern White Rhino – Dean Young (Hollyridge Press, July 2018)

5 (6) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

6 (4) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, Sept. 2010)

7 (5) London Violins – Alban Low and DJ Ritu  (Sampson Low, June 2018)

8 (New entry) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2011)

9 (9) Not your Token – Leila Tualla (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 2018)

10 (New entry) Epidemia Haiku Chapbook – Valkyriekerry Kelly (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, June 2018)

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Week 24 UK Chapbook Chart 2018 – Kimiko Hahn

In Brood, Kimiko Hahn trains her eye on the commonplace–clothespins, bees, papaya, perfume, poached eggs, a sponge, fire, sand dollars–and reveals their very essence in concise evocative language. Underlying these little gems is a sense of loss, a mother’s death or a longing for childhood. “Brood” connotes the bundling of family or beasts, but also dark thinking, and both are at play here where the less said, the better.

Kimiko Hahn is the author of ten books of poetry, including most recently, Brain Fever (Norton, 2014). She has received numerous honors, including the PSA’s Shelley Memorial Prize, the PEN/Voelcker Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a distinguished professor in creative writing at Queens College (CUNY) and lives in Forest Hills, New York.

1 (1) Brood – Kimiko Hahn  (Sarabande Books, July 2018)

2 (New entry) Nowhere to Arrive – Jenny Xie (Northwestern University Press, Dec 2016)

3 (2) Elegy for the Last Male Northern White Rhino – Dean Young (Hollyridge Press, July 2018)

4 (10) Purity of Aim: The Book Jacket Designs of Alvin Lustig Ned Drew and Paul Sternberger (RIT Press, Sept. 2010)

5 (New entry) London Violins – Alban Low and DJ Ritu  (Sampson Low, June 2018)

6 (9) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, May 2017)

(8) A Chapbook Of Poems – Prince Unsworth (Independently published, Oct 2017)

8 (6) Whiskey Letters: Volume 18 – Susan Vannatta (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 2018)

9 (3) Not your Token – Leila Tualla (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 2018)

10 (4) Financial Times – Wayne Sleeth (Sampson Low, May 2018)

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