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28Feb

Obscure poetry collection’s sales soar after TikToker dreams about it

The publisher of The Fifth Window by poet Russell Thornton has ordered a reprint after orders flooded in following viral fame

An American TikToker has sent sales of an obscure Canadian poetry collection soaring, after she had a dream that led her to track down the title.

TikToker Ohmarni, whose real name is Marni Webb, posted a video about a “rare book that I dreamt about” on 31 December. In her dream Webb, who claims to be psychic, was asked by a man “is the fifth window open?” Googling this led her to Canadian poet Russell Thornton’s collection The Fifth Window, published in 2000 – but it was hard to get hold of, and only available when requested from university libraries.

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