Is ‘Reimagine: Poems, 1993-2009’ a bestseller?

    Michael Weigers, executive editor, Copper Canyon Press, is cited in Quote Poet Unquote  as writing “a poetry bestseller is any book that sells four or five copies in any given store.” I sold three copies of Reimagine: Poems, 1993-2009 at the Whatcom Genealogy Association meeting, Monday evening, and one at the Whatcom Writers and Publishers meeting, Wednesday evening, as a licensed (tax) independent vendor. Is Reimagine “an almost bestseller?”

Readers Choose



A poet of note, I wish I could find the quote, wrote that in every collection, two or three poems will get a reader’s attention, and that he will reread these once or twice, maybe even memorize a couple lines. After selecting poems for Reimagine: Poems, 1993-2009 and for “open mics” during the last dozen or so years, I can add to this that a poet should never try to predict which poems will be reread. They should just “follow their gut” as they select.

Fully one-half of the poems I’ve listed below were ones I almost didn’t include in Reimagine. I’m not going to say which ones they were, nor indicate which ones were most often chosen as a favorite. If you have had a chance to look in Reimagine, let me know which, if any, poems you gave a second look. If you don’t have a copy yet, check for where you can either buy or borrow one. (I’ll have copies with me at the Blackburn College Homecoming.)


Readers’ favorites to date:

1.     The Commute

2.     Eagle Feathers and Rainbows

3.     Evensong for Margaret

4.     February 3, 1959

5.     Here’s My Two Cents

6.     Memorial Day

7.     Never Been in a Canoe

8.     The Prairie Rolls On

9.     Seized by Beauty

10. Signs of Winter