I enjoy many of the books published by Copper Canyon Press. I like to support them. This comes from the summer 2010 edition of the Copper Canyon Reader.
In 2009, nearly 300,000 books were published in the United States. (the United States)
It is estimated that 2,500 were poetry titles. Eighteen poetry books were published by Copper Canyon Press.
These numbers are interesting, especially in light of what Neruda wisely points out in The Book of Questions:
Is 4 the same for everybody?
Are all sevens equal?
The key numbers for Copper Canyon Press are:
One sustained moment when reader and poem meet
Here is an offering from Lao-tzu's Taoteching translated by Red Pine.
Thirty spokes converge on a hub
but it's the emptiness
that makes a wheel work
pots are fashioned from clay
but it's the hollow
that makes a pot work
windows and doors are carved for a house
but it's the spaces
that make a house work
existence makes a thing useful
but nonexistence makes it work