No knocking Tony Hoagland off the top spot as Hard Rain graces the number 1 position on the UK Chapbook Chart once again. 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 – On Imagination by Mary Ruefle at No.4, Any Kind of Excuse by Nin Andrews at N0.9, and Venus as a Boy by Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa at No.10.
Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Sarabande Books and Pluto Press (2 entries each).
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 (-) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)
5 (5) Lost River – James Tate (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2003)
6 (8) Soul of Man Under Socialism – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 1 Jan 1987)
7 (9) Ballad of Reading Gaol – Oscar Wilde (Pluto Press, 29 Jun 1978)
8 (10) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 23 May 2017)
9 (-) Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press 31 Mar. 2003)
10 (-) Venus as a Boy – Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)