Spoon River Anthology is an American classic. I first encountered this book of poems at the Illinois state fair in 1968. My cousin wanted the book, so I bought it for her. She read some of the poems on our way back from the fair. Later, in college, I studied the poems in an American literature class. Each poem represents a reflection on life by person buried in the Spoon River, Illinois, graveyard. This means that several stories are told in the book from multiple points of view. Life, death, eternity: all intersect in the small-town setting. Masters created this masterpiece in 1915 and it influenced Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, and Wilder's Our Town. This free-download presents a wonderful opportunity for teachers, students, and poetry lovers.