Off the Shelf: Charles Wright

March 19, 2009 — Charles Wright, Souder Family Professor of English, guest editor, "The Best American Poetry 2008." Scribner.

Known for his meditative and beautiful observations of landscape, change and time, Charles Wright brings his particular sensibility to this year's anthology, which contains an ecumenical slant that is unprecedented for the series. He has gathered an astonishing selection of work that includes new poems by Carolyn Forché, Jorie Graham, Louise Glück, Frank Bidart, Frederick Seidel, Patti Smith and Kevin Young, and showcases a dazzling array of rising stars like Joshua Beckman, Erica Dawson and Alex Lemon.