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A Few Final Words from John and Christine

The transition draws near, friends. On August 29, 2016, 29 years to the day that John opened the first incarnation of this bookstore up the street, Open Books: A Poem Emporium will officially move from our hands to Billie Swift’s. It’s been a wonderful journey, and we each wanted to share a few thoughts before… Read more »

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The Orchard Green and Every Color by Zach Savich

Zach Savich treats life like a walk in the park—the literal sort. Perspective is paramount. Midsummer pleasantries awaiting him at the end of his block are elevated to ecstatic atoms of a fully embodied present, but handled so deftly, there's no bombast to be found.… Read More

The Hermit by Lucy Ives

It might be that I am drawn to the subversion of traceable narrative, or to fractured consciousness, or simply to assembled chunks of quirky information and imagery, but The Hermit is my kind of book. Eighty numbered entries comprise a poet's bedazzled journal—of the gifted… Read More

Used Books: August 5, 2016

The days of summer are upon us . . . . And what better way to co-exist with heat than by browsing books at your local fan-cooled poetry shop? We've just added to our stock nearly 140 new and exciting used books and recordings, some of… Read More

Used Books: June 29, 2016

July is just around the corner, and the used-book drought's been suspended! Some fresh treats await you below. As always, do call or write with questions, should you have them. * * * Starry Night by Marjorie Agosin ($3.50 pb) Flowers from the Volcano by… Read More

Popular Songs: The Political Poems of 1819–1820 by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Here it is, coinciding with our riotous election season,  Shelley's rabble-rousing political poetry. In his time Percy Bysshe Shelley held strong anti-monarchical and anti-war feelings, letting these feelings live in powerful, strident poems. Entre Rios, the young Seattle poetry press, has produced a striking edition, typographically… Read More

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