Articles & Reviews

1967 – 1979

“Samuel Jackson Pratt’s Unpublished Comedy of ‘Joseph Andrews.'” Notes and Queries 14 New Series (November 1967): 416-18.
“Teaching A Spy in the House of Love.” Under the Sign of Pisces: Anais Nin and Her Circle 2 (Summer 1971): 7-15.
“Types of the Jewish Hero.” The Jewish Spectator 36 (October 1971): 213-26.
“Into the Strictly Personal.” Review of Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. IV. The Washington Post, October 4, 1971, p. B8.
“The Future of Nin Criticism.” Journal of the Otto Rank Association 7 (June 1972): 82-90.
“Footnote: Hugh Chisholm.” Under the Sign of Pisces: Anais Nin and Her Circle 3 (Fall 1972): 13-15.
“The Afterpiece: Authors and Incentives.” Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research 12 (May 1973): 1-13.
“Off-Stage Characters in Jane Austen’s Novels.” Southern Humanities Review 8 (Winter 1974): 55-66.
“A Twentieth-Century Response to The Critic.” Theatre Survey 15 (May 1974): 51-58. Extracts reprinted in Sheridan: Comedies, ed. Peter Davison, London: Macmillan, 1986, pp. 204-09.
“Wilbur Underwood: Hart Crane’s Confidant.” The Markham Review 4 (October 1974): 66-68.
“Donne’s ‘Elegie XIX’ (To His Mistress Going to Bed).” The Explicator 34 (October 1975): item 4.
“Throw Away Your Hemingway Codebooks.” Indirections 1 (Spring- Summer 1976): 59-64.
“A Possible Allusion in Thomas Hardy’s ‘Going and Staying.’ “ Victorian Poetry 14 (Autumn 1976): 261-63.
“Miracles in the Plain Style: Roland Flint’s And Morning.” Dryad 14/15 (1977): 21-24.
“Doubles/Don Juans: Anais Nin and Otto Rank.” Mosaic 11 (Winter 1978): 81-94.
“Stanzas and Anti-Stanzas.” College English 39 (February 1978): 738-44.
“The First Writers-in-Residence: MacKaye and Frost.” Michigan Quarterly Review 17 (Summer 1978): 377-91. Click here for text.
Review of Sharon Spencer’s Collage of Dreams: The Writings of Anais Nin. Style 12 (Summer 1978): 311-12.
Review of Barbara F. Lefcowitz’s A Risk of Green. Washington Review 4 (October-November 1978): 41.
“The Writer in the University After World War II: Overview of Controversy.” JGE: The Journal of General Education 31 (Spring 1979): 45-64.

1980 – 1989

“Modern Versions of the Villanelle.” College Literature 7 (Spring 1980): 136-45.
“Poets As Critics; Poets As Teachers.” Poet Lore 75 (Fall 1980): 182-86.
“Speaking to Us All: New Books by Philip Dacey and Peter Meinke.” Poet Lore 76 (Winter 1982): 239-43.
“Brendan Galvin” and “Dave Smith” articles. Magill’s Critical Survey of Poetry. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1982, pp. 1050-1057, 2641-2648. “Brendan Galvin” reprinted in Outer Life: The Poetry of Brendan Galvin, ed. Martha Christina, Bristol, R.I.: Ampersand Press, 1992, pp. 138-148.
“Merrill Leffler’s Journey of the Spirit.” Poet Lore 77 (Fall 1982): 172-76.
“Kumin’s Ground Time: A Reversal of Form?” Poet Lore 78 (Spring 1983): 50-53.
Review of Jonathan Aaron’s Second Sight. Chowder Review 18/19 (Spring-Summer 1983): 149-52.
“Prizewinners: Two First Collections.” Poet Lore 78 (Summer 1983): 118-24.
Essay review on Myra Sklarew’s The Science of Goodbyes. Magill’s Literary Annual 1983. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1983, pp. 694-699.
“The University As Patron of Literature: The Balch Program at Virginia.” JGE: The Journal of General Education 35 (Fall 1983): 174-88.
“Afterword.” Joyce Tenneson: Photographs. Boston: Godine, 1984, pp. 73-75.
“The Gemor Press.” Anais: An International Journal 2 (1984): 24-39.
” ‘Thank Every Trick in Your Ear’: Loss, Prayer, and Redemption in the Poetry of Roland Flint.” Poet Lore 78 (Winter 1984): 232-41.
Essay reviews on Cynthia Ozick’s The Cannibal Galaxy, Donald Davie’s Collected Poems, 1970-1983, Jorie Graham’s Erosion, Amy Clampitt’s The Kingfisher, and M. L. Rosenthal and Sally M. Gall’s The Modern Poetic Sequence. Magill’s Literary Annual 1984. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1984, pp. 137-142, 183-188, 279-283, 413-417, 570-574.
“Hart Crane” and “Anais Nin” entries. Research Guide to Biography and Criticism. Washington, D.C.: Research Publishing, 1985, pp. 281-284, 860-863.
“Oscar Baradinsky’s Outcasts’: Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Maya Deren, and the Alicat Book Shop Press.” Anais: An International Journal 3 (1985): 109-16.
“Sir Richard Steele.” Magill’s Critical Survey of Drama. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1985, pp. 1858-1865.
Reviews of Paul Zimmer’s Family Reunion: Selected and New Poems, Anselm Hollo’s No Complaints, and Faye Kicknosway’s She Wears Him Fancy in Her Night Braid. Gargoyle 27 (1985): 111, 186-187.
“A Kind of Mastery: Brendan Galvin’s Winter Oysters. New Jersey Poetry Journal 4 (1985): 75-88.

Essay-reviews on Siv Cedering’s Letters from the Floating World: Selected and New Poems, Robert Hass’s Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry, and Paul Zweig’s Walt Whitman: The Making of the Poet. Magill’s Literary Annual 1985. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1985, pp. 544-547, 941-945, 984-988.
“Warring Against Her Partisans.” Review of Nancy Scholar�s Anais Nin. Anais: An International Journal 4 (1986): 123-26.
The Afterpiece: Origins and Early Development.” Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research 1 Second Series (July 1986): 53-63.
“Unscrambling, Analysis, and Imitation.” Writer’s Center Carousel (October 1986): 4-5.
“The Princess and the Frog: Anais Nin and Otto Rank.” Anais, Art, and Artists, ed. Sharon Spencer, Greenwood, Fl.: Penkevill Press, 1986, pp. 13-22.
Essay-reviews on Baron Wormser’s Good Trembling and Robertson Davies’ What’s Bred in the Bone. Magill’s Literary Annual 1986. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1986, pp. 364-367; 939-944.
“Percy MacKaye.” Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 54: Twentieth Century American Poets to 1945. Third Series. Ed. Peter Quartermain. Detroit: Gale Research, 1987, pp. 274-83.
“The Rebel Angels.” Masterplots II: British and Commonwealth Fiction Series. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1987, pp. 1399-1403.
Essay-reviews on Vikram Seth’s The Golden Gate and Adrien Stoutenburg’s Land of Superior Mirages. Magill’s Literary Annual 1987. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1987, pp. 340-343, 461-465.
“The Distinction of Otway and Betterton.” Restoration and 18th Century Theatre Research 2 Second Series (Summer 1987): 6-18.
“An Interview with Robert Peters.” The Signal 1 (Fall 1987): 18-23.
“Full House” (review of five collections of poetry). Poet Lore 82 (Fall 1987): 175-82.
“Dropping Another Veil: Anais Nin’s Henry and June.” Anais: An International Journal 6 (1988): 27-32.
“Pan.” Masterplots II: World Fiction Series. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1988, pp. 1168-1172.
Essay-reviews on C. K. Williams’ Flesh and Blood and Sharon Olds’s The Gold Cell. Magill’s Literary Annual 1988. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1988, pp. 330-333, 353-357.
“Two Sides of the Coin” (review of Herman Taube’s Land of Blue Skies and Yala Korwin’s To Tell the Story). Washington Jewish Week, June 2, 1988, p. 24.
“Two for the Future” (review of Bruce Weigl’s The Monkey Wars and Gary Soto’s Black Hair). The Signal 1 (Spring 1988): 37-41.
“A Poet’s Parables in Prose” (review of Myra Sklarew’s Like a Field Riddled by Ants). Washington Jewish Week, July 21, 1988, p. 14.
“The Diary of Anais Nin.” Masterplots II: Non-Fiction Series. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1989, pp. 373-379.
Essay-review on Bruce Weigl’s Song of Napalm. Magill’s Literary Annual 1989. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1989, pp. 803-807.

1990 – 1999

“A Delicate Battle Cry: Anais Nin’s Pamphlets of the 1940s.” Anais: An International Journal 8 (1990): 30-34.
Essay-reviews on Robertson Davies’ The Lyre of Orpheus and Bill Knott’s Poems 1963-1988. Magill’s Literary Annual 1990. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1990, pp. 548-552, 669-672.
“Sexism and Racism in Vietnam War Fiction.” Mosaic 23.3 (Summer 1990): 125-37.
“Vision and Tradition in Vietnam War Fiction.” America Rediscovered: Critical Essays on Literature and Film of the Vietnam War, ed. Lorrie Smith and Owen W. Gilman, Jr., New York: Garland Publications, 1990, pp. 75-86.
“Sweet and Husky Decorums” (review of Lloyd Van Brunt�s Working Firewood for the Night). Poet Lore 85.3 (Fall 1990): 47-49.
“Critical Snicker-Snacks” (Review of Robert Peters� Hunting the Snark: A Compendium of New Poetic Terminology). The Signal 4.1 (1990): 56.
“Recovering Falconer’s The Shipwreck.” Journal of Popular Literature 5 (Spring/Summer 1991): 81-95.
Essay-reviews on Dave Smith’s Cuba Night, Brendan Galvin’s Great Blue: New and Selected Poems, and Timothy Steele’s Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt Against Meter. Magill’s Literary Annual 1991. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1991, pp. 179-183, 364-367, 601-604.
“Robert Peters: Guts and Gusto.” The Great American Poetry Bake-Off, by Robert Peters. Fourth Series. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1991, pp. 193-203.
Review of Philip D. Beidler’s Re-Writing America: Vietnam Authors in Their Generation. American Literature 63.4 (December 1991): 774-775.
Essay-review on John Balaban’s Remembering Heaven’s Face: A Moral Witness in Vietnam. Magill’s Literary Annual 1992. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1992, pp. 674-678.
“Issues in Nin Criticism.” Anais: An International Journal 11 (1993): 75-82.
“‘How Dare She?’ Susan Fromberg Schaeffer’s Buffalo Afternoon and the Issue of Authenticity.” Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction 34.3 (Spring 1993): 183-92.
Essay-Reviews on Jean Garrigue’s Selected Poems and Gerald Stern’s Bread Without Sugar. Magill’s Literary Annual 1993. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1993, pp. 101-104, 715-718.
Review of Owen W. Gilman’s Vietnam and the Southern Imagination. American Literature 65.3 (September 1993): 611.
“The Body’s Knowledge” (review of Enid Shomer’s This Close to the Earth). Poet Lore 88.3 (Fall 1993): 55-57.
Review of J. Gerald Kennedy’s Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity. American Literature 65.4 (December 1993): 804-805.
“A Matter of Spirit” (review of Christopher Buckley’s Dark Matter). Poet Lore 88.4 (Winter 1993-94): 55-56.
Essay-Reviews on Noel Riley Fitch’s Anais: The Erotic Life of Anais Nin, Mark Strand’s Dark Harbor, and Lloyd
Van Brunt’s Poems New and Selected, 1962-1992. Magill’s Literary Annual 1994. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1994, pp. 20-24, 209-12, 641-44.
“Paco’s Story.” Masterplots II: American Fiction, Supplement. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1994, pp. 2513-17.
“Poetic Witness and the Vietnam War” (review of Vince Gotera’s Radical Visions: Poems by Vietnam War Veterans). Poet Lore 89.3 (Fall 1994): 72-74.
“Missing Pieces: Versions and Visions of Vietnam POW/MIA in American Culture” (essay-review on four titles). Journal of War, Literature, & the Arts 6.2 (Fall/Winter 1994): 63-70.
“The Diary of Anais Nin.” Masterplots II: Women’s Literature. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1995, pp. 592-596.
Essay-reviews on Jonathan Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character and David St. John’s Study for the World’s Body: New and Selected Poems. Magill’s Literary Annual 1995. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1995, pp. 1-5, 777-81.
“Anais Nin.” Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 152: American Novelists Since World War II. Fourth Series. Ed. James R. Giles and Wanda H. Giles. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995. pp. 128-39.
“Becoming the Other.” Viet Nam Generation 6.3-4 (1995): 177-79.
“Confessions of a Reference Writer.” JGE: The Journal of General Education 44.3 (1995): 135-39.
“The Sixties Past and Present” (essay-review on Philip D. Beidler’s Scriptures for a Generation: What We Were Reading in the 60s and David Wyatt�s Out of the Sixties: Storytelling and the Vietnam Generation. Contemporary Literature 36.4 (Winter 1995): 702-07.
Review of Donald Ringnalda’s Fighting and Writing the Vietnam War. Journal of War, Literature, & the Arts 7.2 (Fall/Winter 1995)): 130-33.
“Vietnam War Themes in Korean War Literature. South Atlantic Review 61.1 (Winter 1996): 109-21.
“‘The Noise Is Always in My Head’: Auditory Images in the Literature of the Vietnam War.” The Midwest Quarterly 37.3 (Spring 1996): 243-55.
Essay-reviews on Deirdre Bair’s Anais Nin: A Biography, Rita Dove’s Mother Love, and Stanley Kunitz’s Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected. Magill’s Literary Annual 1996. Pasadena, Cal.: Salem Press, 1996, pp. 34-38, 486-89, 569-72.
Review of Karen Swenson’s The Landlady in Bangkok. Prairie Schooner 70.3 (Fall 1996): 199-201.
Untitled memoir. Recollections of Anais Nin by Her Contemporaries. Ed. Benjamin Franklin V. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1996, pp. 86-93.
“The Men in Nin’s (Characters’) Lives.” Anais Nin: Literary Perspectives. Ed. Suzanne Nalbantian. London: Macmillan; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1997, pp. 143-54.
“The Burden of Self: Some Thoughts on The Early Diary of Anais Nin, 1927-1931.” Anais: An International Journal 15 (1997): 71-76.
Review of Lynne Meredith Cohn’s Driving Off the Horizon. Washington Jewish Week, February 20, 1997: 28, 55.
“Representations of War in Ethics Education.” JGE: The Journal of General Education 46.2 (1997): 96-106.
Essay-reviews on Alan Shapiro’s Mixed Company and Denise Levertov’s Sands of the Well. Magill’s Literary Annual 1997. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1997, pp. 590-94, 714-17.
“Vietnamese in America: Literary Representations.” Journal of American Culture 20.2 (Summer 1997): 43-50.
Review of Milton J. Bates’ The Wars We Took to Vietnam: Cultural Conflict and Storytelling. American Literature 69.4 (December 1997): 866-7.
Essay-reviews on Albert Goldbarth’s Adventures in Ancient Egypt and Mary Oliver’s Western Wind. Magill’s Literary Annual 1998. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1998.
Essay-review on Linda Pastan’s Carnival Evening: New and Selected Poems, 1968-1998. Magill’s Literary Annual 1999. Pasadena: Salem Press, 1999, pp. 141-44.

2000 – 2003

“A Conversation with Rolando Hinojosa.” Bilingual Review 25.3 (Sept.-Dec. 2000): 298-305. [actually published 2002]
“The Story of One Thousand Children” with Iris Posner. 120 HIAS Stories. New York: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, 2002, pp. 174-76.
“Adventures in the Nin Trade.” A Cafe in Space: The Anais Nin Literary Journal 1 (2003): 118-22.

Over 150 poems published in periodicals and anthologies including: Confrontation, The Literary Review, Southern Poetry Review, Mississippi Review, West Coast Poetry Review, Outerbridge, Greenfield Review, Centennial Review, Four Quarters, Webster Review, Poem, Poet and Critic, Midstream, Agni Review, Pembroke Magazine, Crosscurrents, Kansas Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Potomac Review, Southern Humanities Review, Commonweal, The Mediterranean Review, WordWrights, Telescope, Midwest Quarterly, Willamette Journal, Tampa Review, Crab Creek Review.

Journalism

Articles and reviews in N Magazine, Naples Daily News, Gulfshore Life, Naples Sun Times,  Fort Myers Magazine, and elsewhere. Since July 2009, I’ve been contributing book reviews and other articles to the Florida Weekly, primarily for the Naples and Fort Myers editions. Here’s one: Florida Weekly – Michael Lister. I have also been placing reviews with Jewish Book World, SouthernLitReview.com, and other print and e-publications.

 

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