My essays, reviews, and other forms of public criticism can be found in Los Angeles Review of BooksRain Taxi Review of BooksBoston Review, and elsewhere; my work tends to focus on the intersections between poetry, the arts, philosophy, and contemporary or topical concerns.


At the Los Angeles Review of Books, an essay tracking four of the main poetic obsessions (authority, education, need, and love) of the Poet Laureate of the U.S., Tracy K. Smith, across her four books of poems: "The Trouble You Promised: Reading Tracy K. Smith."

Thanks to Poetry Daily and Poetry Foundation, where you can find a writeup on the Harriet blog, for linking to this essay.


At the Los Angeles Review of Books, an essay about British poet Alice Oswald: "Carried Off to the World's End: A Study of Alice Oswald in Five Parts." 

Thanks to Lit Hub, Norton, and Poetry Foundation, where you can find this writeup on the Harriet blog, for linking to this essay.



At Rain Taxi Review of Books, an essay about Rilke's late French poetry: "Night Out of Many Many Bright Roses." 


Other short pieces, including essays, blog posts, reviews, and more, can be found at Poetry FoundationAt LengthBoston Review (on Ken Chen, on Christina Pugh), Rain Taxi (on Aaron Kunin, Franz Wright, Jennifer Grotz), and more. See my CV & home page for more & recent.


The image behind the overlay: The Arch of Hysteria by Louise Bourgeois. See it in full, and full color, here.