Essays, Reviews, and Other Writings

Essays and Book Chapters

“William James, Attention, and Post-1945 American Poetry.”  William James and Literary Studies. Eds. Kristen Case and Kate Stanley (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2024).

“‘Raw’ Poets.”  Robert Lowell in Context.  Eds. Thomas Austenfeld and Grzegorz Kość (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2023).

“‘Sketch of a Man on a Platform’: The Modern Feminist Portrait Poem.” A Companion to American Poetry.  Eds. Mary Backun, Jeffrey Gray, Paul Jaussen (Wiley-Blackwell, 2022).

“Concluding Remarks: A Paradox in Nature.”  Afterword, special issue on “Community.”  Paideuma: Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 46 (2021): 347-358.

“Poetic Responses” (on Wallace Stevens and the New York School of poets).  The New Wallace Stevens Studies: Twenty-First-Century Critical Revisions. Eds. Bart Eeckhout and Gül Bilge Han. (Cambridge University Press, 2021): 161-173.

“Surrealism and the Avant-Garde.” Elizabeth Bishop in Context.  Eds. Angus Cleghorn and Jonathan Ellis (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

“I Wonder: On Dialogue, In Dialogue.”  Andrew Epstein and Andy Fitch.  Joe Brainard’s Art. Ed. Yasmine Shamma (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

“The Everyday.”  Wallace Stevens in Context. Ed. Glen MacLeod (Cambridge University Press, 2017): 326-334.

“Oulipo, Language Poetry, and Proceduralism.” The Cambridge History of Postmodern Literature. Ed. Brian McHale and Len Platt (Cambridge University Press, 2016).

“Wallace Stevens and the Everyday.” Wallace Stevens in Context, ed. Glen MacLeod. (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press).

“Street Musicians: Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery.” The Cambridge Companion to American Poetry.  Ed. Mark Richardson (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

“Introduction: Poetry Games.”  With Jonathan P. Eburne.  Comparative Literature Studies 51:1 (2014): 1-17.

“‘The Volley Maintained Nears Orgasm’: Rae Armantrout, Ron Silliman, and the Cross-Gender Collaboration.” In Among Friends: Engendering the Social Site of Poetry. Eds. Anne Dewey and Libbie Rifkin (University of Iowa Press, 2013): 171-190.

“‘Building a Nest Out of Torn Up Letters’: James Schuyler, Trash, and the Poetics of Collage.” Jacket2 (2012).

“Found Poetry, ‘Uncreative Writing,’ and the Art of Appropriation.” The Routledge Companion to Experimental Literature. Eds. Joe Bray, Allison Gibbons, and Brian McHale (Routledge, 2012).

“‘The Rhapsody of Things as They Are’: Stevens, Francis Ponge, and the Impossible Everyday.” The Wallace Stevens Journal 36.1 (Spring 2012): 47-77.

‘There is No Content Here, Only Dailiness’: Poetry as Critique of Everyday Life in Ron Silliman’s Ketjak.” Contemporary Literature 51.4 (2011): 736-776.

“‘Pay More Attention’: Silliman’s BART and Contemporary ‘Everyday Life Projects.’” Jacket 39 (2010).

“‘Against the Speech of Friends’: Amiri Baraka Sings the ‘White Friend Blues.’”  In Don’t Ever Get  Famous: Essays on New York Writing Beyond the ‘New York School.’   Ed. Daniel Kane.  (Dalkey Archive Press, 2006).

“Crisis, Possibility, and Pragmatism: Frank O’Hara’s Early Journal and William James.”  Fulcrum: An Annual of Poetry and Aesthetics 5 (2006): 184-204.

“‘I Want To Be At Least As Alive As the Vulgar’: Frank O’Hara’s Poetry and the Cinema.” In The Scene of My SelvesNew Work on New York School Poets, ed. Terence Diggory and Stephen Paul Miller (National Poetry Foundation, 2001): 93-121.

Auden and the New York School Poets.”  W. H. Auden Society Newsletter 22 (November 2001): 19-28.

Verse vs. Verse” (feature article on Language poetry and the academy).  Lingua Franca (September 2000): 45-54.

“Frank O’Hara’s Translation Game.” Raritan 19.3 (Winter 2000): 144-161.

“‘Flowers that Mock the Corse Beneath’: Shelley’s Adonais, Keats, and Poetic Influence.”  Keats-Shelley Journal 48 (1999): 90-128.

Short Essays, Online Publications, Interviews, Blog Posts, and Other Public Writing

“John Ashbery’s ‘Street Musicians.’”  Discussion with host Kamran Javadizadeh on “Close Readings” podcast (May 2023).

“David Berman, Ambivalent Aphorist.” Part of a cluster of essays on poet and rock musician David Berman, Post-45: Contemporaries (January 2023).

“‘the poetry never stops being fascinating’: Interview with Andrew Epstein.”  Recorded Zoom interview with Rona Cran and Yasmine Shamma, Network for New York School Studies (October 2021).

“‘A Fine Day for Seeing’ – Frank O’Hara at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.” Apollo: The International Art Magazine (October 2019).

“‘The Power of Not Being Sure’: John Ashbery, Jordan Ellenberg, and Math.”  Berfrois (July 2019).

“The Philosopher as the Hobo of Thought” (tribute to Stanley Cavell).  ASAP/J (July 2018).

“I Wonder: Talking Joe Brainard with Andrew Epstein.” Andy Fitch and Andrew Epstein. Los Angeles Review of Books (May 2018).

“Fragments Are the Only Form I Trust.” [a limited edition, boxed set collaborative art project to which I contributed a collage essay of compiled fragments produced on cards]. Comma 2 (2018).

“So Insistently Focused on the Daily: Talking to Andrew Epstein.” Interview with Andy Fitch. Los Angeles Review of Books (October 2017).

“Remembering John Ashbery (1927-2017).”  Berfrois (2017).

“Frank O’Hara and Willem de Kooning: ‘Hewing a Clearing in the Crowded Abyss of the West.’”  Decals of Desire 2 (2017).

“‘First Bunny Died’: Frank O’Hara With, and After, Bunny Lang.”  spoKe: A Poetry Annual 4 (2017).

“Two Poems by Gertrude Stein” (introduction to two works by Stein).  Berfrois (2016).

“Also a Poet.” (Feature article to mark 50th anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s death).  Poetry Foundation website (July 2016).

“Roberto Bolaño and the New York School of Poetry.” OUPblog: Oxford University Press blog. (April 2014).

“‘It is Roi Who Is Dead’: Remembering Amiri Baraka (1934-2014).”  In These Times (January 27, 2014).

“I’ll Be Your Mirror: Lou Reed and the New York School of Poetry.”  Poetry Foundation website (, October 2013).

Letter to the Editor” (about Frank O’Hara’s death). Poetry (September 2008).

Book reviews

“Old Possum.”  Review of Eliot After “The Waste Land,” by Robert Crawford. New York Times Book Review (October 2, 2022).

Review of Lyric as Comedy: The Poetics of Abjection in Post-War America by Calista McRae. American Literary History 34.3 (2022).

Review of The Selected Letters of John Berryman. On the Seawall (2021).

Review of Postmodernism in Pieces: Materializing the Social in U.S. Fiction by Matthew Mullins and Lyrical Strategies: The Poetics of the Twentieth-Century American Novel by  Katie Owens-Murphy. American Literature (2020).

Review of Since When: A Memoir in Pieces by Bill Berkson.  On the Seawall (2019).

“Funks of Ambivalence: On Flarf.”  Review of Flarf: An Anthology of FlarfLos Angeles Review of Books (July 2018).

“His True Vocation.” Review of The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery’s Early Life, by Karin Roffman. New York Times Book Review (August 6, 2017).

“The Disruptive Power of Ordinary Things.”  Review of Stuff Theory: Everyday Objects, Radical Materialism, by Maurizia Boscagli. Journal of Modern Literature (2017).

Review of Physics Envy: American Poetry and Science in the Cold War and After, by Peter Middleton.  American Literary History: ALH Online Review (October 2016).

Review of Changing Subjects: Digressions in Modern American Poetry, by Srikanth Reddy. The Wallace Stevens Journal (2015).

“‘Here is Freshness and the Shore’s Timeless Teeth’: The Plays of Kenneth Koch.” Review of The Banquet: The Complete Plays, Films, and Librettos, by Kenneth Koch (Coffee House Press, 2012). Los Angeles Review of Books, November 2013.

Review of Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler, eds. Stephen Burt and Nick Halpern (University of Virginia Press). Modern Philology (2013).

Review of A Natural History of Pragmatism, by Joan Richardson (Cambridge University Press).  Henry James Review 30.1 (Winter 2009): 87-90.

“Critiquing ‘La Vie Quotidienne’: Contemporary Approaches to the Everyday.”  Review of Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present, by Michael Sheringham (Oxford University Press). Contemporary Literature 49.3 (Fall 2008): 476-487.

“‘The Academy of the Future is Opening Its Doors’: Women Poets and the New York School.” Review of Women, The New York School, and Other True Abstractions, by Maggie Nelson (University of Iowa Press). Jacket 35 (2008).

Review of Ashbery’s Forms of Attention, by Andrew DuBois (U of Alabama Press).  South Atlantic Review (2008).

“‘History Took Hold of My Throat.’” Review of The Afflicted Girls, by Nicole Cooley.  Common-Place (July 2004).

“‘Antimodern’ in a Time of Upheaval: Rereading African-American Culture in the Sixties.”  Review of Mercy, Mercy Me: African-American Culture and the American Sixties, by James C. Hall. Contemporary Literature (Fall 2003): 548-558.

“Precision Poetry.”   Review of The Poems of Marianne Moore, ed. Grace Schulman.  Newsday(Nov. 2, 2003): D32-3.

Review of The Cambridge Companion to Keats, ed. Susan J. Wolfson.  Keats-Shelley Journal 51 (2002): 205-7.

Review of Boss Cupid, by Thom Gunn.  Boston Review (October/November 2001).

Review of New Addresses, by Kenneth Koch.  Boston Review (February/March 2001): 54.

Review of Selfwolf, by Mark Halliday.  Boston Review (October/November 2000): 61.

“Turning the Steep Corner Into Childhood.”  Review of Girls on the Run, by John Ashbery. American Book Review 21.4 (May/June 2000), 23-4.

Churning Hymns into Fragments.”  Review of The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems 1971-1995, by Michael Palmer.  N.B.: New Books from the Reader’s Catalog (now-defunct on-line book review journal, linked to New York Review of Books website) (October 1998).

Out of the American Night.”  Review of Letter to an Imaginary Friend, by Thomas McGrath.N.B.: New Books from the Reader’s Catalog  (May 1998).

Essays in Reference Books, Letters to the Editor, and Other Miscellaneous Publications

On John Ashbery’s “Street Musicians.” Excerpt from Beautiful Enemies on Modern American Poetry Site.

Attention Equals Life, Or Is Its Only Evidence.” Initiation Address, Phi Beta Kappa, Florida State University, April 19, 2009.

“Amiri Baraka.”  Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets, ed. Terence Diggory.  (Facts-on-File, forthcoming, 2008).

“Translation and the New York School.” Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets, ed. Terence Diggory.  (Facts-on-File, forthcoming, 2008).

“Marianne Moore’s ‘Marriage.’” Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, ed. Eric Haralson. (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001): 479-480.

“John Ashbery.”   Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, ed. Eric Haralson. (Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2001): 24-25.

“Gerard Manley Hopkins.”  World Poets, ed. Ron Padgett (Scribner’s, 2000): vol. 2, 1-11.

“Andrew Marvell.”  World Poets, ed. Ron Padgett (Scribner’s, 2000): vol. 2, 155-164.

Contributor, Who’s Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry, ed. Mark Willhardt (Routledge, 2000).  Composed biographical entries for 28 poets, including Hart Crane, E. E. Cummings, Theodore Roethke, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Richard Wilbur, Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, James Wright, Frank O’Hara, Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, Gary Snyder, Carolyn Forché, Charles Simic, Charles Bernstein, Robert Hass, Robert Pinsky, Lyn Hejinian, and Sharon Olds, among others.


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