I can’t say thank you enough to all of you who have ordered a copy of Tamp, as well as for the number of other ways you’ve already shown your support for me and this book! There are hardly words to express how much this book means to me and what a gift it is to know so many of you are reading it.
Tamp’s first week out in the world has been a real whirlwind. It began last week when Marc Jolley, my editor at Mercer University Press, let me know that Tamp had gone into an immediate second printing just before our April 4th publication day.
On Friday, the Southern Review of Books published this thoughtful, generous review of Tamp by Matthew Duffus: https://southernreviewofbooks.com/2023/04/07/tamp-denton-loving-review/.
What was an even greater surprise was to see Tamp pop up in Amazon’s rankings. Over the weekend, the book went as high as #4 for new releases in American Poetry! It ranked as high as #27 in American Poetry overall! (See Tamp there at #27 just behind Maya Angelou and Amanda Gorman?)
If you’ve read or are reading Tamp, I’d be so grateful if you could leave a rating or review on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tamp-Poems-Denton-Loving/dp/0881468738/. Everything to do with algorithms is a mystery to me, but Amazon reviews make a huge difference and will help keep Tamp in the eyes of new readers.
You can also help raise awareness of Tamp by posting on social media and tagging me. Send me photos of Tamp with your dogs and cats, with your adorable children and beautiful landscapes in the background.
And if you’d like to hear me read some poems from the book, please come hang out with me this week from the comfort of your living rooms. I’ll be speaking with Damian Dressick and Christina Fisanick on WANA Live!, the reading series for the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia. You can watch live on YouTube or Facebook on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern.
Again, thank you for all of the ways you’ve already shown support for me and Tamp!
2 thoughts on “Tamp Ranks #4 on Amazon’s New Releases in American Poetry”
Congratulations on the pub, and on the well-deserved positive response.
I am reading a poem (or two[??]) a day from Tamp, marveling at your ability to bring the earth and people and my own long dormant memories to light.
So far, the two poems that have impacted me most are “After My Father Died, I Marveled” and “Play Where I’m Cast As Sycorax.”
All best, and
Write On, Chris Helvey ________________________________
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Thank you so much, Chris. I’m so glad to know that these two poems in particular speak to you!!!