Once again Hard Rain by Tony Hoagland graces the number 1 position on the UK Chapbook Chart. Hard Rain is consistently the most popular of chapbooks in the UK and remains a favourite amongst readers throughout the world.
Tony Hoagland is still little known in Europe and yet he made his way into the prestigious British encyclopaedia Contemporary Poets at a very early stage. Since then he has also published Donkey Gospel and What Narcissism Means to Me, books that have won him a swathe of awards in North America. As these titles suggest, Hoagland’s characteristic tone is marked by a deep devotion to hedonism in all its manifestations, humour being one of its mainstays.
New entries – #KillAllPoets by Kneel Downe and Susan Omand at No.6, Out of Phaze by Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant at No.7, The Copper Cascade by Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant at No.8, and Any Kind of Excuse by Nin Andrews at No.9.
Leading publishers –CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (4 entries).
Leading author – Kneel Downe (4 publications).
TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS
1 (1) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)
2 (5) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)
3 (4) Poems for Political Disaster –
4 (10) Pack Mentality – Kneel Downe (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 11 April 2017)
5 (6) The Cows – Lydia Davis (Sarabande Books, 29 Mar. 2011)
7 (-) Out of Phaze – Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 31 Dec. 2016)
8 (-) The Copper Cascade – Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 18 Nov 2016)
9 (-) Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press 31 Mar. 2003)
10 (2) Colouring Walls – Stella Tripp (Sampson Low Ltd, 9 Feb. 2017)