Here are four different versions of covers for the same book. I would say that Anne Michaels has confused her cover designers as much as she has confused this reader. Review of the book is here — you can figure out which cover suits you best.
I don’t know that all this is terribly significant – different publishers, countries and book designers routinely come up with wildly varying cover designs for books. At least all of Michaels’ designs have a look that says, “This is a mimsy overwritten piece of poetry-as-prose; please avoid me.” Which is helpful to the busy browser.
Anyway, to add to the fun, here is the UK paperback.
Thanks for the addition to the gallery, John. And for the useful explanation of the unifying theme, which definitely is helpful. You are quite right that it doesn’t have much signifigance atlhough, having read the book (as opposed to considering buying it), I do find it interesting to ponder why an artist, designer and publisher chose the image they did.