This & That


They Leave Us

It's inevitable. But the day it happens is a startling one. And it seems we've had so many such days over the last few months. Still, the voice on the page remains. Philip Levine January 10, 1928 – February 14, 2015 Tomaž Šalamun July 4,… Read More

January 1st and Counting

Since 1988 (beginning with the original incarnation of Open Books), the first week of the new year has meant inventory for us. This year was no different -- nor were the tools we used to count every book on our shelves. It's a two-person operation,… Read More

The Season is Upon Us…

Yes, this is the month for celebrations of all sorts. To make it easier for you to do your holiday poetry shopping (Bukowski for Uncle Leo? Olena Kalytiak Davis for Cousin Lisa?), we'll be open every Sunday in December from noon until 4 PM, as… Read More

A Great Saturday with Great Assistants!

November 29th, Small Business Saturday (or what we're calling Plaid Saturday), was an utter delight here at the Poem Emporium. We were so fortunate to be able to benefit from the brains and charm of our four guest booksellers -- Elizabeth Austen, Don Mee Choi, Ed Skoog, and Maged Zaher… Read More

Remembering Judith Kitchen

The poet, essayist, critic, and educator Judith Kitchen died November 6, after years of complicating health issues challenged her body but left her terrific spirit undented. She and her husband, the poet and educator Stan Rubin, were friends of Open Books and we note her… Read More

Leaves are Falling

And not just those that are gathering at our front door. We’re thinking most about the leaves of books, and lots of those are arriving, too. Among the much anticipated now in our stacks are Louise Gluck’s latest, Faithful and Virtuous Night ($23 FSG), The… Read More

Matthea Harvey and Carl Phillips have new books!

Some exciting August goodies have arrived. From the wondrous mind of Matthea Harvey comes If the Tabloids are True What are You? ($25 Graywolf Press), a fascinating collection of both her art and her poetry. Also recent from Graywolf is an addition to their consistently… Read More

The Return of David Lee

Happy news, aficionados of The Porcine Canticles, News from Down to the Café, and other poetry wonders by David Lee— a new book has arrived! Last Call ($16 Wings Press) is filled with his signature characters, spot-on dialogue, and tender heart. It's also a fine… Read More

A Remembrance of Allen Grossman

John and I still hold dear the memory of seeing poet Allen Grossman give a reading in an old classroom at the University of Washington. His rather staid professorial appearance (right down to the suede elbow patches on his tweed jacket) belied what was to… Read More


When my shadow falls off of me I yell “So long!” But when I fall off my shadow It cries “Long so!” It seems obvious That one of us Is either falling wrong Or calling wrong. -- Bill Knott 1940-2014 Read More