Week 52 UK Chapbook Chart 2016


Olena Kalytiak Davis 

On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed by Olena Kalytiak Davis continues its good run of form and remains at number 1 in the UK Chapbook Chart at the turn of the year. This is a new work from America’s wildest poet of the self. These are confessional poems which refuse to yield, which use language as both screen and blade as they continually ask: Who is this “I”? Can the “I” write itself to truth?

A first-generation Ukrainian American, Olena Kalytiak Davis grew up in Detroit and was educated at Wayne State University, the University of Michigan Law School, and Vermont College. Davis’s poetry collections include And Her Soul Out of Nothing (1997), selected by Rita Dove for the Brittingham Prize in Poetry, and shattered sonnets, love cards, and other off and back handed importunities (2003).

There are two new entries, Zoomorphic by Emily Wharton at No.2 and The Cows by Lydia Davis at No.10.

The top publisher’s crown is shared between Pluto Press and Hollyridge Press, both have 2 entries in the top ten. Oscar Wilde is the leading author with 2 publications.


1 (1) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)

2 (-) Zoomorphic – Emily Wharton (Emily Wharton, 13 Sept. 2015)

3 (4) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)

4 (7) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)

5 (5) Over The Skin – Carole Bulewski  (Sampson Low Ltd, 17 Nov 2015)

6 (3) The Chapbook: Poems – Charles Bane, Jr. (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2 July 2011)

7 (8) The Copper Cascade – Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 18 Nov 2016)

8 (9) Atlas of Clouds – Paul F. Lenzi (Stonewood Press, 5 Nov. 2016)

9 (6) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

10 (-) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 29 Mar. 2011)

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