21 Bestselling Poetry Books for Full Year - 2023

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These books are the bestsellers of all our bestselling books for entire year! The newest book considered was Only for the Brave at Heart: Essays Rethinking Race, Crime, and Justice by Leon E. Pettiway (Dec 14, 2023). The oldest was No Place to be Somebody: A Black-black Comedy (1969) by Charles Gordone.

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Book cover of 1919 by Eve L. Ewing


by Eve L. Ewing

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Book cover of Leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess


by Tyehimba Jess

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Book cover of Dream of a Word: The Tia Chucha Press Poetry Anthology by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Toni Asante Lightfoot

Dream of a Word

by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Toni Asante Lightfoot

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Book cover of Blessing The Boats: New And Selected Poems 1988-2000 (American Poets Continuum) by Lucille Clifton

Blessing The Boats

by Lucille Clifton

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Book cover of Life On Mars: Poems by Tracy K. Smith

Life On Mars

by Tracy K. Smith

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Book cover of Hipology: Horizons in Poetry by Ron Alle and Stella Crews


by Ron Alle and Stella Crews

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Book cover of Magic City by Yusef Komunyakaa

Magic City

by Yusef Komunyakaa

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Book cover of S O S: Poems 1961-2013 by Amiri Baraka


by Amiri Baraka

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*For a few years, we actively boycotted Amazon but have discontinued this practice, as many of our authors have made their books exclusively available from Amazon. While we discourage giving Amazon the exclusive right to sell a book, we do not want this to be a reason to exclude an author from our site. Amazon also has an effective monopoly on eBooks and out-of-print books, which we highlight on this site.

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