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 – The Copper Cascade by Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant at No.4, Time of the Toad by Dalton Trumbo at No.6, and Mouth Filled with Night by Rodney Gomez at No.7.
Leading publisher – Pluto Press (3 entries).
Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).
TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS
1 (1) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)
2 (2) On The Kitchen Table From Which Everything Has Been Hastily Removed – Olena Kalytiak Davis (Hollyridge Press, 1 July 2009)
3 (3) Poems for Political Disaster –
4 (-) The Copper Cascade – Kneel Downe & Steve Taylor-Bryant (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 18 Nov 2016)
5 (5) Lost River – James Tate (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2003)
6 (-) Time of the Toad: Study of Inquisition in America – Dalton Trumbo (Pluto Press, Sept. 1982)
7 (-) Mouth Filled with Night – Rodney Gomez (Northwestern University Press, 30 Jan. 2014)
8 (6) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)
9 (7) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)
10 (8) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 23 May 2017)