For lovely nighttime reading, park a copy of The Best American Poetry 2008 on your bedside table. I love perusing this annual anthology of the newest and best poetry because it exposes me to lots of poets and poems I’ve missed and it provides such a wide variety of kinds of poetry. In the 2008 version, you will find old standbys like Marvin Bell (who will be visiting Augustana in May as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and as a guest in The River Readings series) and newer poets like Tom Andrews who died at the age of 40 in 2001. Here are three lines from Andrews’ poem “Evening Song”:
Robins gossiped in the poplars,
moths spiraled across the uncut grass.
Moonlight wormed through the neigboring lawns.