My essays, reviews, and other forms of public criticism can be found in Los Angeles Review of Books, Rain Taxi Review of Books, Boston 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 the Los Angeles Review of Books, a dialogue with American poet Melissa Green: "Violet and Violent: A Conversation with Melissa Green."
The image behind the overlay: The Arch of Hysteria by Louise Bourgeois. See it in full, and full color, here.