In depth: the poetry market

In depth: the poetry market

Everybody knows that poetry is hard to sell, and the small independent publishers that make up the lifeblood of the genre know it better than anyone.

According to Nielsen BookScan’s TCM, print book sales in the Poetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies sector have fallen for the past three years—the genre was worth £8.3m in 2009, falling to £7.8m in 2010, £7.7m in 2011 and just £6.7m last year.

These figures may signal worrying times for the genre. Big-name publishers such as Picador and Faber have the best known, and biggest selling, stars on their lists: Picador’s Carol Ann Duffy has had tw...

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