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Indie Next poetry bestseller list

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The ABA has announced its "2009 Indie Next List Poetry Top Ten" based on "the enthusiastic nominations  of independent booksellers nationwide." A full pdf of the list, plus commentary, can be seen at

The 2009 Indie Next List  Poetry Top Ten

1. Evidence: Poems by  Mary Oliver
(Beacon, $23, 9780807068984  / 0807068985)
"Simple and unadorned, Evidence invites the reader to pass through the  transcendent beauty of the natural world and the mysteries of life, love, and  death. Oliver lightly places uncomplicated images, unfastening a complex world,  inviting imagery that falls quietly onto the heart like the music of a summer  rain." --Dianne Bruhin, Colorado State University Bookstore, Fort Collins,  CO

2. Fire to Fire: New and  Selected Poems by Mark Doty
(Harper Perennial, $15.99  paper, 9780060752514 / 0060752513)
"This career-spanning collection showcases fleeting moments and fragile  memories, as Doty explores lights and bodies that touch fire and change. Tattoos  rewrite flesh, cities shine with surprising grace, and men hold hands at the  edge of an abyss. Read this and remember that poetry can change the angle of  your eyes and the reach of your gaze as you look out onto a kindled, golden  world made familiar and new." --Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books, Wichita,  KS


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