+ Only Poetry: Seattle Bookstore With a Mission

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Open Books: A Poem Emporium, a tiny bookstore at 2414 N 45th Street in Seattle, is devoted only to poetry and poetry related titles.  It is one of only two such bookstores in the US. 

Their inventory, now at over 9,000 titles and growing, includes new, used and out-of-print books from a wide variety of publisher.

They also carry a selection of poetry audio tapes, CDs, and video tapes.  They strive to keep their shelves eclectic and welcome suggestions for additions to the stock.   

The website at www.openpoetrybooks.com presents a long list of rare and first editions available, including books by Sherman Alexie, John Ashbery, Anne Carson, Raymond Carver, Mark Doty, Robert Duncan, Cornelius Eady, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Carolyn Forche, Barbara Guest, Geoffrey Hill, WD Snodgrass, Gary Soto and William Stafford.

You will find a list of latest acquisitions under a heading called “The Goods.”

Upcoming readings in October and November include Oliver de la Paz and Aimee Nezhukumatathil on October 25th, Molly Tennenbaum on November 1st, Troy Jollimore on November 9th, Matthea Harvey on November 14th, and Michael Dumanis on November 28th.  Dave Mason will read on December 6th. You will find short biograpies of the poets. 

They offer links to the Electronic Poetry Center ( http://epc.buffalo.edu/ ) at their site, as well as to the Poetry Foundation ( http://www.poetryfoundation.org/ )  and the Subtext Reading Series ( http://www.speakeasy.org/~subtext//index.html ).

To place an order for a book you can email store@openpoetrybooks.com  or phone 206-633-0811 (during business hours).  They will promptly respond with availability, price, condition and freight costs.  They charge actual freight and this includes delivery confirmation.  Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted, and they ship UPS.

When requesting a book, please provide as much information as you can, including author, title, and publisher when possible.  “We have been known to find a book based solely on the title of the poem, but that kind of connection is rare, so don’t get your hopes up if that’s your predicament!”

To be on their mailing list, fill in and click the “Notify Me” button under “mailing list.”

Hours are Tuedays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 to 6; Friday and Saturday from 12 to 7, the first Sunday of the month 12 to 4, or by appointment.  No sales staff, just the owners.

May they prosper.

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