Staff Picks


Used Books: October 17, 2015

The Offense of Poetry by Hazard Adams ($6.50 pb) Flying Blind by Sharon Bryan ($6.50 pb) In the Year of the Comet by Nicholas Christopher ($4.50 pb) All-American Poem by Matthew Dickman ($6.50 pb) The End of the West by Michael Dickman ($6.50 pb) The Darker Face of the Earth: A Play by Rita Dove… Read more »

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Used Books: October 9, 2015

Dear readers, We bring you one half of what might be most accurately described as the mother lode of used poetry books. Yes, one half. Below you will encounter the more modestly priced items we’ve just shelved, with dates, when of interest, along with certain relevant condition specifics and occasional printing information. Please do call… Read more »

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Last of This Lot

Fine folks, we have arrived at the end of a quite large collection of used titles acquired some months ago, from which most of our previous updates were drawn. It feels good to get it all out. So until another kind soul breezes by with boxes of pre-owned books, this final huddle will have to… Read more »

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Past Decades in Poetry

From the overstock shelves of Open Books’s back room, we bring you 300+ issues of Poetry magazine spanning approximately forty years of its run, beginning with 1960 and ending with 2001. Each mag will cost you a mere half-dollar (that is, 50¢ a piece, as many of them do have some highlighting), and we’ll be displaying… Read more »

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Another Short Stack

A few more gems to consider. Breathturn by Paul Celan, translated by Pierre Joris ($12.50 pb, 1st edition, Sun & Moon) Resurrection Update: Collected Poems 1975–1997 by James Galvin ($7.50 pb) The Beauty by Jane Hirshfield ($12.50 hc) Guilty of Everything by Herbert Huncke ($36.50 pb, Hanuman Books #9, 1987) Beginning with My Streets: Essays… Read more »

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Acquisitions of Interest

Seeing as we’ve been adding so many used books to the shelves recently, we thought it prudent to carve out a dedicated space (see menu tab above) on this site for them, rather than simply lumping them in with the rest of the goods. So be sure to periodically click through to Used Books on our home… Read more »

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A Fresh Batch of Used Books

We’ve still got a few more boxes of used titles to paw through and price, but we’re making progress, and finding some nice surprises along the way. We hope you’ll agree. The Selected Poems 1951–1977 by A.R. Ammons ($6.50 paperback, 1st printing, with several titles highlighted, but clean text) An Origin Like Water: Collected Poems… Read more »

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Titles from a Recent Haul of Used Books

Spring cleaning seems to be all the rage, even in summer. Here are some from our recent purchases. The Baptism and The Toilet by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka ($3.50 paperback) Smoke’s Way: Poems from Limited Editions 1968–1981 by William Stafford (2 pb copies: $5.50 & $7.50) Someday, Maybe by William Stafford ($9.50 hardcover) Pick Up the… Read more »

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Newly Received Books:
Rick Barot and Priscilla Long

Crossing Over by Priscilla Long ($17.95 U. New Mexico) Crossing Over is a collection of intelligent and deeply felt poems, often featuring the bridge as metaphor and as fact. Ms. Long, a Seattle-ite, has a background in natural science and Northwest history, both of which ground her poetry. The book has at its core Ms…. Read More

A Sweet Bargain

We’ve plumped up the sale section with a number of books, including this delicious item — the boxed hardcover set of Elizabeth Bishop’s Poems and Prose for a mere $26.50. That’s a savings of nearly $50 off the original price, which you can spend on ice cream. Or more books (they last a lot longer).

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