Poets in Review

Selected Reviews and Critical Prose 

“Shimmering with Fragile Grace”: Poets of Public and Personal History” (books by Lesley Wheeler, January Gill O’Neil, Jenna Lê, Orlando Ricardo Menes, Amy Lemmon, Nickole Brown, Cho Oh-Hyun/Heinz Insu Fenkl, translator, and A. M. Juster), Literary Matters 13:2, Winter 2021 

“Words, We Ask the World of You”: Listening to Vanished Voices (books by Jane Mead, A.V. Christie, Kate Light, Jon Tribble, William Louis-Dreyfus, Wendy Battin) Literary Matters 12:3, Spring/Summer 2020

Perennials on Fire: Ekphrastic Transformations in Adam Vines’ Out of Speech Literary Matters 12:1, Fall 2019

The Now That Is Snow: A Review of Elizabeth Spires’ A Memory of the Future Literary Matters 11:2, Winter 2019


Ned Balbo on Andrew Hudgins’ “Mary Magdalene’s Left Foot” An entry in Michael Theune and Kim Addonizio’s Voltage Poetry project. 

Parnassus in Sight: a review of The Fly in the Ointment: poems by Barrymore Ashe, Joseph Harrison, Frank Hart, Vironique, Stephen Wallace. Edited and with a preface by J.H. Hobson (Syllabic Press)  An essay-review that successfully evades the question, “Why is Joseph Harrison the only poet in this collection whom anyone’s ever heard of?”

The Two Dana Gioias [essay/review of Pity the Beautiful]  Originally appeared in Italian Americana 30.2 (2012): 227-31.

Review of It was a terrible cloud at twilight by Alessandra Lynch (Pleiades Press). Scroll to page 1L in the American Book Review PDF. 

From 1999-2009, I published poetry reviews in most issues of Antioch Review, sometimes more than one in the same issue. If you have access to JSTOR, you might click on 2000s here to have a look at them. Authors covered include Camille Dungy, Peter Everwine, Dana Gioia, Edward Hirsch, Josephine Jacobsen, Galway Kinnell, Phillis Levin, April Lindner, J. D. McClatchy, Wayne Miller, Albert Murray, Kevin Prufer, et al.

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