Staff Picks


The Animal Too Big to Kill by Shane McCrae

$15.95 Persea

Half-Black, raised in Texas by White supremacists, Shane McCrae pries into American constructs of race, family, and class. The rhetorical tropes and deeply personal themes vital to his previous work (Mule; Blood; and last year’s Forgiveness Forgiveness) remain, joined here now by the voice of a supplicant, who is, among other things, “trying to say… Read More

What new books came in today? (November 3, 2015)

A very simple question to answer—two new books came in today, selections from the poetry of Tomas Tranströmer and Yehuda Amichai. The books are: The Poetry of Yehuda Amichai, edited by Robert Alter ($35 FSG hardcover) An in-depth selection of over 500 pages, utilizing translation by Glenda Abramson, Robert Alter, Yehuda Amichai, Chana Bloch, Assia… Read more »

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Used Books, Rare and/or Collectible, 10/28/15

This gathering of recently received used books features several titles which are hard to come by, in some cases extremely hard to come by. Several are handmade examples of the best of the printer’s art. It’s been a pleasure for us to research these books, oohing and ahing over them all the while. Now our… Read more »

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Two new local poetry presses with first offerings

GOOD NEWS! Two new Seattle-based poetry presses have published first books. These welcome additions to the local publishing scene are Entre Rios Books, publisher of Twelve Saints: Art & Poems ($18), with poetry by Knox Gardner and art by Nia Michaels, and Hummingbird Press, publisher of Her Animals ($18) by Emily Johnston. Seattle’s vibrant poetry scene, so rich in… Read more »

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featured book: Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems by Robin Coste Lewis

($26 Knopf)

This is a most remarkable book. Offered in three sections, the collection opens and closes with personal poetry of gender, motherhood, childhood, race, grace, and rage; poems of uniformly deep intelligence and deep feeling. Ms. Lewis’s work sits firmly alongside the work of the great Gwendolyn Brooks with its sly formal elements and clear-eyed relationship to black… Read More

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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