Week 34 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Tammy Ruggles

A new number one on the UK Chapbook Chart this week. As it says on the tin,  A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses is a selection of poems in the form of greeting cards made into a chapbook.

Tammy Ruggles was born with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a progressive blinding disease that gradually weakens the retinas, she was declared legally blind at age 40. Her vision is 20/400, a number that’s considered “severe visual impairment” by the American Optometric Association. As well as being a fine professional photographer, she is also a gifted artist and great writer. Her first paperback book, Peace, was published by Clear Light Books in 2005. Some of her remarkable work like finger paintings, photos, and writing has been published in literary journals, art magazines, and consumer publications such as Writer’s Digest, Art Times Journal, Disney’s Family Fun Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul and many more.

New Entries – A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses by Tammy Ruggles at No.1, and The Sea Quells by Amy Evans at No.9.

Leading publisher –Holllyridge Press

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (-) A Chapbook of Greeting Card Verses – Tammy Ruggles (Independently published, date unknown)

2 (10) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 23 May 2017)

3 (2) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)

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

5 (1) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

6 (3) The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (Atheneum, 1990)

7 (5) Seven Boxes for the Country After – Janet McAdams (The Kent State University Press    30 April 2016)

8 (8) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

9 (-) The Sea Quells – Amy Evans (Shearsman Books 17 Jun. 2013)

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

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Week 33 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Tony Hoagland

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 Entry – The Wedding Vows Chapbook by Katharine Coggeshall at No.10.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Kent State University Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (3) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

2 (2) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)

3 (9) The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (Atheneum, 1990)

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

5 (1) Seven Boxes for the Country After – Janet McAdams (The Kent State University Press    30 April 2016)

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

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

8 (5) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

9 (8) Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press 31 Mar. 2003)

10 (-) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 23 May 2017)

 

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Week 32 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Janet McAdams

Seven Boxes for the Country After is a book about a way-making and way-finding. It is a journey, both internal and external, across a map, over borders, through a life, and in a body. It is passage and pilgrimage, odyssey and exile. Above all it is a book of questions. What do we carry with us and what do we leave behind? Where do we keep the past and what do we keep it in? How do we measure a person, a country, a love, a loss? What do we remember? What can’t we forget? What do we declare and what do we declare it with: our words and mouths? our bodies and hands? in blue ink or black? If as Eudora Welty wrote, ‘The memory is a living thing—it too is in transit,’ then McAdams is an honest and faithful courier. The poems serve as storage boxes into which a memory is placed, then wrapped and bound. In poem after poem McAdams guides us to our most intimate spaces, the candy tin nestled between the handkerchiefs in a dresser’s top drawer, the cigar box packed in the trunk and stored in the attic, and she allows us to open and sit with our deepest selves

Of Scottish, Irish, and Creek (Muscogee) ancestry, Janet McAdams is the author of The Island of Lost Luggage, which won the Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and an American Book Award in poetry. She is the author of a second collection, Feral, and a novel, Red Weather.  She earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Alabama and her PhD in Comparative Literature from Emory University. She teaches at Kenyon College as the Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Poetry. Her poems have been widely published in such magazines as Poetry, the North American Review, the Kenyon Review, the Women’s Review of Books, and TriQuarterly. In 2005, she founded the award-winning Earthworks Poetry Series for Salt Publishing in the UK.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Kent State University Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (2) Seven Boxes for the Country After – Janet McAdams (The Kent State University Press    30 April 2016)

2 (1) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)

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

4 (6) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

5 (7) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

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

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

8 (9) Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press 31 Mar. 2003)

9 (10) The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (Atheneum, 1990)

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

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Week 31 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Peter Stockham

Peter Stockham brings together 6 gems from yesteryear with his 1975 publication  Chapbook Riddles. A reprint of The new riddle book, by Master Wiseman, printed by J. Kendrew, York; of A collection of birds & riddles, by Miss Polly & Master Tommy, printed by J. Kendrew, York; of Puzzlecap’s amusing riddle book, printed by S. & J. Keys, Devonport; of The guess book, printed by W. Davison, Alnwick; of Peter Primroses books for boys and girls; riddles, printed by W. Walker, Otley; and of A new riddle book printed by R. Burdekin, York.

Dover Publications, also known as Dover Books, is an American book publisher founded in 1941 by Hayward Cirker and his wife, Blanche. It primarily publishes reissues, books no longer published by their original publishers. These are often, but not always, books in the public domain. The original published editions may be scarce or historically significant. Dover republishes these books, making them available at a significantly reduced cost.

New entries – The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende at No.10

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Kent State University Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (8) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)

2 (1) Seven Boxes for the Country After – Janet McAdams (The Kent State University Press    30 April 2016)

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

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

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

6 (4) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

7 (5) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

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

9 (9) Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press 31 Mar. 2003)

10 (-) The Stories of Eva Luna – Isabel Allende (Atheneum, 1990)

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Week 30 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Janet McAdams

Seven Boxes for the Country After is a book about a way-making and way-finding. It is a journey, both internal and external, across a map, over borders, through a life, and in a body. It is passage and pilgrimage, odyssey and exile. Above all it is a book of questions. What do we carry with us and what do we leave behind? Where do we keep the past and what do we keep it in? How do we measure a person, a country, a love, a loss? What do we remember? What can’t we forget? What do we declare and what do we declare it with: our words and mouths? our bodies and hands? in blue ink or black? If as Eudora Welty wrote, ‘The memory is a living thing—it too is in transit,’ then McAdams is an honest and faithful courier. The poems serve as storage boxes into which a memory is placed, then wrapped and bound. In poem after poem McAdams guides us to our most intimate spaces, the candy tin nestled between the handkerchiefs in a dresser’s top drawer, the cigar box packed in the trunk and stored in the attic, and she allows us to open and sit with our deepest selves

Of Scottish, Irish, and Creek (Muscogee) ancestry, Janet McAdams is the author of The Island of Lost Luggage, which won the Diane Decorah First Book Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and an American Book Award in poetry. She is the author of a second collection, Feral, and a novel, Red Weather.  She earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Alabama and her PhD in Comparative Literature from Emory University. She teaches at Kenyon College as the Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Poetry. Her poems have been widely published in such magazines as Poetry, the North American Review, the Kenyon Review, the Women’s Review of Books, and TriQuarterly. In 2005, she founded the award-winning Earthworks Poetry Series for Salt Publishing in the UK.

New entries – Seven Boxes for the Country After by Janet McAdams at No.1 and Chapbook Riddles by Peter Stockham at No.8.

Leading publishers –Holllyridge Press, Kent State University Press and Pluto Press (2 entries each).

Leading author – Oscar Wilde (2 publications).

TOP TEN UK CHAPBOOKS

1 (-) Seven Boxes for the Country After – Janet McAdams (The Kent State University Press    30 April 2016)

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

3 (1) Hard Rain – Tony Hoagland (Hollyridge Press, 20 Oct. 2005)

4 (3) Poems for Political DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

5 (4) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

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

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

8 (-) Chapbook Riddles: Reprints of Six Rare and Charming Early Juveniles – Peter Stockham (Dover Publications, 1975)

9 (10) Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press 31 Mar. 2003)

10 (9) Venus as a Boy – Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)

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Week 29 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Tony Hoagland

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.

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 DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

4 (4) On Imagination – Mary Ruefle (Sarabande Books, 25 July 2017)

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

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

7 (5) Lost River – James Tate (Sarabande Books, Mar. 2003)

8 (8) The Wedding Vows Chapbook: Sample Wedding Vows and Inspiration – Katharine Coggeshall (Independently published, 23 May 2017)

9 (10) Venus as a Boy – Marcus Wratton and Dimitra Petsa (Sampson Low Ltd, 27 Feb. 2017)

10 (9) Any Kind of Excuse – Nin Andrews (The Kent State University Press 31 Mar. 2003)

 

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Week 28 UK Chapbook Chart 2017 – Tony Hoagland

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 DisasterTimothy Donnelly, Bk Fischer, Stefania Heim and Matt Lord (Boston Review, 20 Jan. 2017) 

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)

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