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Department of English
Stanford University
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Stanford, CA 94305-2087
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Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1949-52

Barnard College, New York, AB 1953; Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum laude

Catholic University of America, Washington, DC MA, 1956; PHD 1965


From Assistant to Associate Professor of English, Catholic University,


From Associate to Full Professor of English, Univ. of Maryland, 1971-76.

Florence R. Scott Professor of English and Comparative Literature, U. of

Southern California, 1976-86.

Visiting Professor, U. of California, Irvine, Winter 1983

Visiting Professor, U of California, Riverside, Winter 1986

Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University,

Stanford, CA. 1986-90.

Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities, Stanford Univ, 1990---2000

Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities Emerita, 2001--


UNDERGRADUATE: Introduction to Poetry, Modern Poetry, British and American; Contemporary Poetry; Twentieth-Century Fiction, Introduction to Literary Theory, Honors Seminars,

Modernism and the Humanities, various seminars on Avant-Garde, Poetry & Painting, etc.

GRADUATE: Literary Theory, Intro. to Graduate Study, Practical Criticism, All phases of 20th Century Poetry, British, American, Comparative; Seminars in Yeats, Eliot and Pound, Joyce and Proust, Gertrude Stein, Baudelaire and Symbolism, the Rimbaud tradition, Postmodernism, Modernism, Lyric Form, etc. Problems in Critical Theory, Visual Poetics


ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS (I list those at Stanford only)

Advisory Board, Stanford Humanities Center, 1985-87

Member, Admissions Committee, 1987-88, 1990-91

Member, Undergraduate Committee, 1990-93

Chair and Member of various Search committees, English department

Steering Committee, Modern Thought and Literature, 1988-89

Director, Undergraduate Honors Program in English, 1991--

Fellowship Panel, Stanford Humanities Center, 1992

Member, Review Committee for Master of Liberal Arts Program 1994-5

Director of Graduate Studies, 1994–97

Member, Ad Hoc Junior Search Committee, 1997-98 (the committee hired Nicholas Jenkins and Brett Bourbon).

Member, Undergraduate Committee, 1997-98

Member, Deans Advisory Committee on Presidential Chairs, 1997-98




Member, Executive Council, 1977-81

PMLA, Advisory Committee, 1977-78

Member, Divisional Committee, later 19th-early 20th Century British Literature, 1976-79

Member, Divisional Committee, Comparative Studies of the Twentieth Century, 1982-86

Member, Divisional Committee, Literature and the other Arts, 1987-91

Member, Divisional Committee, Poetry, 1992-6

Member, William Riley Parker Prize Committee, 1990-92

Member, Advisory Board, American Literature Section, 1993-96

Nominated for Presidency of MLA (1993) (one of three candidates)


Nominating Committee, 1979-80

Member, Advisory Board, 1983-86

Chair, Harry Levin and Rene Wellek Prize Committee, 1990-93

President, 1993-95

Board of Directors, Humanities Institute, 1983--

Nominator, MacArthur Fellowships, 1984-95, 98-99

Guggenheim Foundation, Poetry Panel, 1985-87

Member, Academy of Literary Studies, 1980--

Visitating Evaluation Committees: Univ. of California, Irvine; U of California, San Diego,

U of California, Santa Barbara, Duke University, Princeton

Panelist for Fellowships: ACLS (twice), National Humanities Institute, North Carolina, CIES, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foundation

Advisory Board, Princeton University Department of Comparative Literature, 1993-6, 7-2,000

Nominating Committee, Phi Beta Kappa Council, 1994-6 (one of four members elected)

Elector, for Drue Heinz Chair, Oxford University (only U.S. representative)

Advisory Board, Library of America: American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, (4 members): 1997--.

Advisory Visiting Committee, Cal Tech, (5 faculty, 5 trustees)–1999-2001.

Christian Gauss Book Prize Committee, Phi Beta Kappa–2001-3

Governing Board, Samuel Beckett Society–2000-04




Guggenheim Fellowship, 1981-92

NEH Senior Fellowship, 1985-86

Phi Kappa Phi Book Award (for Poetics of Indeterminacy), U of Southern Caliofrnia, 1982

Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, U of Southern California, 1983

Distinguished Alumnae Award, Catholic University, 1987

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 1994-5 (Visited the following campuses and lectured at each one: University of South Carolina, Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago Circle, Northwestern U, Wells College, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Univ. of Oregon, Univ. of Hawaii).

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997




At annual MLA Conventions, 1975 to present, average of two a year as well as chairing sessions; Academy of Literary Studies, 1979; Ezra Pound Conference at Orono, Maine, 1980, 1985; Sheffield (England) Pound Conference, 1981; NEH Conference: "After the Flood: Directions in Contemporary Poetry," Folger Library, Washington, D.C.. 1979; Claremont University Modernism Conference, 1982; San Francisco Renaissance Conference at UC-San Diego, 1982; New Music of America Festival: John Cage Panel, 1982; International Comparative Literature Association, 1982, 86; Ethnopoetics Conference at USC, 1983; American Comparative Literature Association, 1983, and 1989 (plenary talk); International Association of University Professors of English, 1983, 1986, 1989 (chair of session); Postmodernism conference at Cerisy-la-Salle, France, 1983; Humanities Institute, 1983, 1987 (chair); University of Michigan Centennial Conference: Pound among the Poets, 1984; "Translating Beckett," NEH Conference at U of Texas, Austin, 1984; Alabama Conference: What is a Poet?" 1984; Gertrude Stein conference at UCLA, 1984; Women Writers Conference, San Francisco Poetry Center, March 1985; Puterbaugh Conference on Anglo-French Literary Relationships, U of Oklahoma, 1985; American Studies Conference, UC-San Diego, 1985; Pound Conference: San Jose State, 1985; NEMLA: Keynote speaker, 1986; Cleveland State Poetry Conference, 1986; Columbia University Ekphrasis Conference, 1986; Futurism Conference, U of Southern California, 1987; Sulfur Board Conference, Eastern Michigan U, 1988; Radical Poetries Conference--SUNY Buffalo, Keynote Speaker, 1988; Performance Arts Conference, SUNY-Binghamton, 1988; Joyce conference (plenary speaker)--UC-Santa Cruz, May 1988; Twentieth Century French Literature Conference, Claremont, CA., 1988, (plenary speaker); French Texts/ Foreign Writers conference, UCLA, 1988; Mellon Seminar: The Second World War (Cal Tech 1988); PAPC, Plenary Address, 1988; Sixth international Conference on Literary Theory, Hong Kong, 1988); Twentieth-Century Conference, Louisville (Keynote Speaker), 1989); Conference on Canonicity, Victoria University, Canada, 1989; Plenary Speaker, "American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Brandeis U, March 1989; "Poetry for the Next Society Conference, St. Mark's Poetry Project, 1989 (keynote speaker); "The Question of the Canon, Conference on Canonicity, U of Victoria, Vancouver, March 1989.; Twentieth Century French Conference, U of Iowa, 1990; Plenary Address, Second International Conference on World and Image, U of Zurich, Switzerland, August 1990.

International Association of Philosophy and Literature, 1990; speaker, conference on "The First World War in English and German Literature, Graz, Austria, 22-26 September 1991.; Panelist, Poesia-Milano, September 1991; Keynote Address: Conference, "The Disappearing Pheasant: Italian Poetry Today," Casa Italiana, New York University, 24-27 October 1991. "The State of American Poetry Today." "Tolerance and Taboo: The New Occidentalism," Conference on Primitivism, Modernism, Politics, Cal Tech, March 1992; "Wittgenstein and Russell on War," IAPL Conference; Section on Ethics, May 1992; "Postmodernism: Fin de Siecle: The Prospects of Openness in a Decade of Closure," "Reassessing Postmodernism" Conference, U of Washington, Seattle,May 1992; "From Romanticism to Postmodernism," Conference at Univ. of Warwick, England, July 1992. Keynote Address, Conference on the Rhetoric of Love in William Carlos Williams," University of Rome, Rome, 22-25 May 1992; "The New Urbanism" Symposium, Princeton University School of Architecture, October 1992; "John Cage: Words and Image," U of Montreal, January 1993; Futurist Conference, UCLA, March 1993; Postcommunism Conference, UC-Santa Cruz, March 1993; Keynote Speaker, Soundings: A Conference on American Life, Literature, and Interpretation, U of Oregon, April 1993; Keynote Speaker, "Contact Zones between the Aesthetic Media in 20th Century," Plenary speaker, "Poets of the 1930s: The First Postmodernists," U of Maine, Orono, June 1993; plenary speaker, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universitat, Berlin, June 1993; Joyce at Irvine Conference, July 1993; Lectures in conjunction with Book Launching, Il Momento Futuristo, Sao Paulo and Rio, Brazil, September 1993; Speaker, Rolywholyover Circus, Museum of Contemporary Art, September 1993; Conference, "John Cage: Days of Silence," Warsaw, Poland, October 1993; Panelist, "Die Emigranten Frauen," Vienna, Austria, December 1993; lectures on the 1930s, Vienna and Salzburg, December 1993; Plenary Lecture ICLA, 1994; lecture, Roland Barthes conference, U of Pennsylvania, Spring 1994, lecture, Naropa Institute (Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics), July 1994, Townsend seminar, Uc-Berkeley, Nov. 16, 1994, "The New American Writing," San Francisco State-held at San Francisco Press Club, Nov. 30, 1994; Cornell University : Symposium of Contemporary Poetics, March 1995; Yale University: Concrete Poetry and Visual Poetics, April 1995; American Modernism" conference, Montreal, June 15-17, 1995, IAUPE conference, Copenhagen, August 1995; "Literary Journalism and Literary Scholarship," Univ. of Warwick, England, Nov. 1-3 1995 (keynote speaker); Duchamp Symposium, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Nov. 1995; John Cage Festival, Mills College, Nov. 15-19, 1995. (keynote speaker)"Poet and Critic" (Marjorie Perloff & John Ashbery, March 1996; Robert Duncan Conference, SUNY-Buffalo, April 1996; "The 1950s": University of Maine (Orono), June 1996; "Assembling Alternatives" (U of New Hampshire), August 1996; "l’Epicité dans la poésie moderne, Univ. of Picardie, Oct 1996; "After Free Verse" (Univ of Western Ontario: London, Ontario, Oct, 1996); "Literary Journalism and Literary Scholarship," Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas, Feb. 1997; "A Step Away from Them: 1956," University of Copenhagen, Sept. 1997; Harvard University Modernism Seminar, Sept. 1997; Keynote Speaker, U-Cal Irvine, Comparative Literature and English Annual Grad Student Conference, Oct. 11, 1997; Guest Speaker, Wittgenstein Seminar, UC-Riverside, Oct. 17, 1997; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Jan, 1998; Conference on the Ancient World, NYU, Feb, 1998; "Frank O’Hara: Poet among Painters," UCSanta Cruz, Feb. 1998; "Iconotropisms" Conference at Bar Ilan, March 1998, Tel Aviv Univ, March 1998; "Logocinema of the Frontiersman: Eugene Jolas’s Multilingual Poetry and its Heirs," Jolas Conference, Yale University, September 1999; "Cultural Liminality: Aesthetic Closure: the Critique of Homi Bhabha, Conference on Liberalism & Cultural Studies, Yale University, Sept. 1999, and again at Conference on Aesthetics and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside, October 1999, American Society of Aesthetics, November 1999, "Gertrude Stein, Modernist," Gertrude Stein Conference, Washington University, St. Louis, Feb. 1999; "Language Poetry and the Lyric Subject," U of Kansas, April 1999; "After the Collapse," Stanford Humanities Center Conference on "Have the Humanistic Disciplines Collapsed?", Stanford, April 1999; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, July 1999, too numerous in 2000 and 2001 to list.


The Feaver-McGinn Professorship, U of Oklahoma, 1987

The Annual Ward-Phillips Lectures (4) at Notre Dame, March 1990)

Scholar-In-Residence, U of Kansas, April 1989--4 days.

"Annual Reynolds Lecture, Ohio State U, Jan. 1990

Paul Zweig Memorial Lecture, Poets' House, New York, May 1990

Annual Renato Poggioli Lecture, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Harvard, 20 October 1991.

First Annual James Steele Smith Humanities Lecture, California State University Northridge, November 1991: "Of Objects and Readymades: Gertrude Stein and Marcel Duchamp."

David Kubal Memorial lecture, California State U, LA, January 1992: "How It Means: Making Sense in a Media Society."

Georgey Leahy Memorial Lecture, Concordia University, Montreal, January 1993.

Bebe Petrou Lecture, University of Maryland, March 1993.

Ida Beam Professorship, Univ of Iowa, November 1994

Comparative Literature Colloquium: Invited Speaker (2 days), U of Washington, Seattle, May 1996.

McLeod Professorship, Baylor University, Poetry Festival, Feb. 1997

Patten Lectures (once-a-year event for which all depts. compete), Indiana U, November 1997

Keynote Address, 3d. Encontro Internacional de Poetas , Coimbra Poetry Festival, Coimbra, Portugal, June 1998

Keynote Address, ""Something we Have that They Don’t: Post-War Anglo-American Poetic Relations," U. of London, July 1998

Keynote Address, "Dada Duchamp," Brazilian Comparative Literature Conference, Florianopolis, Brazil, August 1998.

Keynote Address, Language Poetry Meets the Lyric," Barnard College Conference on Experimental Poetry, April 1999.

Keynote Address, "Jolas and Multilingual Poetics," Karakis Conference on Greek Avant-Garde and Diaspora, U of Missouri, St. Louis, April 1999.

Plenary Address, German Society of American Studies, Cologne, May 1999: Conference on the Sixties: "Watchman, Spy, and Dead Man," The "cool" Sixties of Cage, Johns, and O’Hara."

Plenary Lecture, "On Translation, Literary Invention, and Poetics," Yale University, October 1999.

Keynote address, ‘Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts" conference, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1999

The Cage Lecture, "The Fascination of What’s Difficult: Emily Dickinson and the Theory Canon,"

Rice University, Feb. 17, 2000

Plenary Address, ‘Avant-Garde Eliot," Avant-Garde Conference, Notre Dame University, 13 April, 2000

Seminar Leader and Keynote: New Directions in Contemporary Poetry," University of

Salamanca, Spain, May 6-8, 2000.

Plenary Address, "Crisis in the Humanities," at Hebrew Univ, Jerusalem: Paradigms of learning in Diverse Cultures," June 19-22, 2000

Annual University-wide Chancellor’s Professorship, Louisiana State University, November 6-8, 2000.

Visiting Residency, Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College, Vermont, Jan 8-15, 2001.

William H. Matheson Professor, Washington U, St. Louis, Feb 14-16, 2001.

Keynote Address, Graduate Student Annual Conference, U of Virginia, Charlottesville, March 5, 2001

British Academy Lecture, Carlton House, London, April 5, 2001: "Gertrude Stein’s Syntactic Materialism"

Keynote Address: British Society of American Studies, April 6, 2001, Keele University, UK, "Watchman and Spy: Johns, Cage, O’Hara in the Cool Sixties.

Charles Fraenkel Lecture, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universitat, Berlin, November 2001

Keynote address: Polish Society of American Studies, Pulawy, Poland, Oct. 2001








Advisory Committee, PMLA, 1977-79; American Literary History, 1988-2000, American Poetry Review, American Book Review, Contemporary Literature, Cybereditions, ed. Denis Dutton; Dis-Closure, Facture, Formations, Genre, Journal of American Studies (England), LSSU (LaSalle U Journal, Philippines)Editorial Board; Modern Language Quarterly, Modernism / Modernity, Advisory Board, Oklahoma Project of Discourse and Theory, Oxford Poetry Review, Paideuma, Postmodern Culture, Sulfur, Sagetrieb, SUNY Press Series: The Margins of Literature; Symploke, Wallace Stevens Journal, Verse Press (Board of Directors); University of Alabama Press: Contemporary Poetry Series: Board; Yeats Annual, Editorial Committee: Rethinking the Western Tradition (Yale University Press).

College of Reviewers, Canada Humanities and Research Council2000--

Program Consultant, Film on William Carlos Williams, part of PBS series, Voices and Visions, shown in 1988 and frequently rebroadcast.

Program Consultant and Interviewee, Course: "Introduction to Literature, Maryland PBS, 1991.

Advisory Board, Norton Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry (forthcoming in 2,000); Advisory Board, Samuel Beckett Society, 2001-4.

Editorial Board, Library of America: Twentieth-Century Poetry, ed. Geoffrey O’Brien (one of 5 members), forthcoming 2,000.

Board of Advisors, Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century


Co-editor, Northwestern University press, Avant-Garde Series. Reviews all manuscripts, selects those to be published, writes covering letters for books, etc.





Rhyme and Meaning in the Poetry of Yeats. De Proprietatibus litterarum, series practica, no. 5. The Hague: Mouton & Co., 1970.

The Poetic Art of Robert Lowell. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1973. Chapter 2, "Realism and the Confessional Mode of Robert Lowell," rpt. in The Critical Response to Robert Lowell, ed. Steven Gould Axelrod (Westport: Greenwood press, 1999).

Frank O'Hara: Poet among Painters. New York: George Braziller, 1977; Univ of Texas paperback, 1979; new edition, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1998, with new Introduction and Bibliographical Notes.

The Poetics of Indeterminacy: Rimbaud to Cage. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981. Paperback: Northwestern Univ. Press, 1983. Reprint, 1993. New edition, forthcoming Northwestern U.P., Fall 1999.

The Dance of the Intellect: Studies in the Poetry of the Pound Tradition . Cambridge: Cambridge University press, 1985, paperback 1987. New Edition, Northwestern U Press, 1996.

(Reviewed by A. Walton Litz, TLS 10 October, 1986, p. 1142; Burton Hatlen, Sagetrieb, 1987, pp. 154, 314; M. L. Rosenthal, Modern Philology, August 1988, pp. 112-14; K. K. Ruthven, Southern Review, 20 (November 1987), pp. 319-21; David Seed, Notes & Queries, No. 34, 3 (September 1987), 436-37; Lee Bartlett, American Literary Scholarship, 1985, pp. 325-26; George Bornstein, English Language Notes, June 1987, pp. 80-82; Joseph Kronick, American Literature, March 1987; , 139-40; Wolfgang Wicht, Zeitschrift fur Angklistik und Amerikanistik, 1989; David Seed and Ian Bell, Years Work in English Studies, 67 (1986)pp. 624-25; Reginald Berry, Canadian Literature, No. 118 (Fall 1988), pp. 147-51; Anthony Woodward, Review of English Studies, 38, no. 151 (August 1987),

The Futurist Moment: Avant-Garde, Avant-Guerre, and the Language of Rupture. University of Chicago Press, 1986. Paperback 1989. Translated into Portugese, Momento Futuristo; U. of Sao Paolo Editions, 1993.

(Reviewed: Roger Shattuck, The New Republic, 27 July 1987, pp. 30-34; O. B. Hardison, Washington Times, 4 May 1987, pp. 4-5M; Andrew J. McKenna, , Book Review (LA Times), 21 June 1987, p.13; Willard Bohn, Comparative Literature, 41, no. 2 (Spring 1989), pp. 200-202; Stephen Connor, Modern Language Review, 84, no. 4 (Feb 1990), Timothy Materer, JEGP, 87 no. 4 (January 1988): 153-55; Jim Christy, Calgary Herald, April 1988; Linda Simon, Worcester (MA) Sunday Telegram, 21 June 1987; Richard Silberg, Poetry Flash, August 1987; Sven Birkerts, The Harvard Book Shelf, May 1987; Harry Goldgar, St. Petersburg Sunday Times, 26 April 1987; Lawrence R. Smith, "The Futurist Moment is Now," Michigan Quarterly Review (19880: 665-70; Gregory Ulmer, Criticism, 30, no. 2 ((1988): 263-65; Brian McHale, Poetics Today, 9, no. 3 (1988): 679-80; Jacob Korg, "Futurism Past and Present: Review Essay," Papers on Language and Literature, 24, no. 2 (Spring 1988): 212-18; Christopher Wagstaff, Times Higher Educational Supplement, 8 May 1987; Hank Lazer, South Atlantic Bulletin (May 1988): 181-83; Timothy Materer, Commonweal, August 14, 1987, B.C. in Journal of Modern Literature (1987-88), Sylvester Pollet, Sagetrieb, Spring 1987; Susan P. Compton, Burlington Magazine, October 1987; Patricia Hopkins, Rocky Mountain Review of Lang. and Lit, July 1988; Torsten Ekbom, Dagens Nyhetter (Sweden), April 1988; Timothy Mathews, "Apollinare and Cubism?". Style, 22, no. 2 (Summer 1988): 275-97); Performing Arts Journal, no. 30 (December 1987).

"Chapter 1 of The Futurist Moment, Jerome Rothenberg and Steven Clay (eds.), A Book of the Book: Some Words & Projections about the Book & Writing (New York: Granary Books, 2000), pp. 160-77.

Poetic Licence: Studies in Modernist and Postmodernist Lyric. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1990 (hard and paper).

(Reviewed by Thomas Disch, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 27 May, 1990, p. 4; Richard Silberg, Poetry Flash, 211 (October 1990), pp. 1, 6, 9, 11; Thomas Gladysz, "The flowering of San Francisco’s Critical and Literary Renaissance," San Francisco Review, 15, no. 2 (Fall 1990): 46-47 (also o f Poetic Genres), Hank Lazer, "The Politics of Form and Poetry’s Other Subjects: Reading Contemporary American Poetry," American Literary History, (1990), pp. 516-20; Edward Halsey Foster, Small Press (December 1990), p. 44; Ian Gregson, TLS, 10 May 1991, p. 22 (also Postmodern Genres; Michael Leddy, World Literature Today, Spring 1991, p. ; Charles Altieri, Contemporary Literature, 32, no. 4 (Winter 1991), pp 580-86; Dawn Michelle Baude, American Book Review, Jan-Feb 1992, Jonathan Mayhew, Letras Peninsulares, Fall/Winter 1990; Linda Reinfeld, The New Review, Fall 1993, pp. 60-62.

Radical Artifice: Writing Poetry in the Age of Media (U of Chicago Press, 1992. Paperback, spring 1994).

(Reviewed by Frank Kermode, Washington Times, 4/26/92; Reed Way Dasenbrock, JEGP, 92, no. 3 (July 1993); Susan Schultz in Postmodern Culture,3, no. 1 (Fall 1992); Timothy Materer, Sagetrieb, Terence Diggory, College English, 55, no. 3 (March 1993: 328-331; Willard Spengemann, American Literature, June 1993; Leon Surrette, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 51, no. 4 (Fall 1993): 642-43; J Galvin, Choice, October 1992, p. 301; Frank Allen, Library Journal, 1 Feb. 1992; .Alan Golding, Contemporary Literature 35. no. 1 (Spring 1994), pp.; Stephen-Paul Martin, Central Park (April 1994); John Pallatella, College Literature, 1994; Sean Francis, Chicago Review, 2 &3 (1994), pp. 175-77; John Shoptaw, REVIEW, 16 (1994): 197-208; Robert Hamson, "Why Can't they all Write Like Seamus Heaney?", Yeats Annual 11 (1995): 252-57); Ira Lightman, internet; Robert Crawford, REVIEW OF ENGLISH STUDIES, 46, no. 181 (Feb 1995): 133-34; Richard Gray, Yearbook of English Studies, 1995, 2pp.;Kornelia Freitag, AmerikaStudies/ American Studies, 40 (1995); Dubravka Duric, Svet knige, 28 May 1992; Ole Hessler, Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm), March 20, 1994; David R. Jarraway, "The Marjorie Perloff Show: The Critic and her Others," Minnesota Review, n.s. 43-44 (1995): 212-22.)

Chapter 3 "Talk Show, Talk Poetry, and the Scene of Writing," rpt in Christopher Beach, Artifice and Indeterminacy An Anthology of new Poetics, ed. Christopher Beach (U of Alabama Press, 1998), pp.77-107.



WITTGENSTEIN’S LADDER: POETIC LANGUAGE AND THE STRANGENESS OF THE ORDINARY (U of Chicago Press, Sept 1996--$27. 95). ISBN-0-226-66058-3. January 1999, $15.00

(review essay by David Kellogg, "Perloff’s Wittgenstein: W(h)ither Poetic Theory?", Diacritics, 16, no. 3-4 (Fall-winter 1996): 67-85; David Antin, Modernism/Modernity, 5, no. 1 (January 1998): 149-65; John Higgins, "The Age of Wittgenstein," Pretexts: Studies in Writing and Culture, 7, no. 1 (1998): 129-39. Jed Rasula, "Strategizing the Ordinary," U of Toronto Quarterly, 67, no. 3 (Summer 1998): 715-24

(reviewed by Kenneth Baker,"Listening To How We Think," San Francisco Chronicle, Book Review, Oct 27-Nov. 2, 1996 ; N. Graver, Choice; Donald Pease, Washington Times, Oct 27, 1996, B7; Library Journal, August 1996, Carlin Romano, Phildelphia Inquirer, Nov. 24, 1996, Q3; Regis Bonvicino, Folia de San Paolo, Feb, 1997; Timothy Materer, Sagetrieb, 16, no. 3 (Winter 1997): 145-49; Fredrick Crosson, Phi Beta Kappa Key Reporter, Spring 1997; Rebecca Saunders, Review of Contemporary Fiction (June 1997): 297-98; Willard Bohn, SubStance, (Fall1997):142-45;. Georgette Fleischer, "Under the Sign of Wittgenstein: Postmodern Poetics Explained," Contemporary Literature, 18, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 378-90; Tomoyuki Iino, in Rising Sun, James Olney, in Southern Review, 33, no. 3 (Summer 1997), 567-70; Linda Voris, "Boston Review, 12, no. 5 (Oct/November 1997); Linda Munk, American Literature, June 1977; David Clippinger, Chicago Review, 43, no. 2 (Spring 1997); Fredrich Burich, in Choice, April 1997, 34, no. 8; Michael Fischer, in Philosophy and Literature, 21, no. 2 (October 1997): 489-91; Philip Cox, Notes & Queries (December 1997): 576-57; Ed Foster, in Rhizome, 2 (1998): 146-149, rpt. in Answerable to None: Berrigan, Bronk, and the American Real: Essays and Reviews by Edward Foster (New York City: Spuyten Duyvil, 1999): 179-183; Anna Petronella Fredlund, in Dagens Nyheter (March 3, 1998), 2 pp.; Thomas Gardner, Review of Metaphysics (December 1997), 2 pp. Nexus (Holland), no. 19 (1997); Ross Feld, Parnassus, 23, 1 & 2 (1998): 56-58; Peter Middleton, Journal of American Studies, 32 (April 1998): 186-87; Jonathan Monroe, Comparative Literature, 50, no. 3 (Summer 1998): 260-64; Rachel Blau du Plessis, Journal of Modern Literature, review issue (1998), pp. 401-402; Christian Moraru, The Comparatist, 23 (1999): 195-9; Roger Gilbert, Modern Philology (Fall, 1999): ; Jonathan Long, Modern Language Review (Summer 1999); anonymous, Germanic Review74, no. 4 (1999): 346-47. .


POETRY ON & OFF THE PAGE: ESSAYS FOR EMERGENT OCCASIONS (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1998).. ISBN 0-8101-1560-3 (Cloth); 8101-1561-1 (Paper). $19.95

REVIEW ESSAY by David Zauhar, Electronic Book Review, #9, "Perloff in the Nineties" (on Radical Artifice, Wittgenstein’s Ladder, Poetry On & Off the Page- 10 pp.

(reviewed Dubravka Duric, Nezavizni, Nov. 98, p. 38; Michael Davidson, Boston Review, 24, no. 2 (April-May1999): 50-51; Paul Quinn, TLS, 30 April 1999, pp. 32-33’ Michael Thurston, "Writing the Elephant," College Literature 26.3 (Fall 1999): 249-260; Thomas M. Orange, Literary Research/Recherche Litteraire, 31 (Spring-Summer 1999: 142-45; T. A., Terrible Work ( Fall 1999). Tim Woods, Textual Practice,, 16, 3 (Spring 2000): 48-52; Marcel Cornis-Pope, World Literature Today (Winter 2000, 168-69; Magda Carneci, "Poezia conteaza", Observator cultural, no. 4, 2000; trans. In Symploke, Fall 2000.




FRANK O’HARA: POET AMONG PAINTERS, With a New Introduction, 2d ed. (Chicago, 1998); 242pp. 9 halftones. $15.95--0226-66059-1

Reviewed by Michael Tyrell in Boston Review, 23, 3-4 (Summer 1998): p. 63; Stephen Burt, London Review, 20 July 2000:


Poetics of Indeterminacy, reissue (Northwestern U Press,1999), ISBN 0-8101-1764-9 $18.95.

Chapter 3 of Radical Artifice, "Talk Show, Talk Poetry, and the Scene of Writing," rpt in Christopher Beach, Artifice and Indeterminacy An Anthology of new Poetics, ed. Christopher Beach (U of Alabama Press, 1998), pp.77-107. Translated and rpt. in OEI, #1, 1999, ed. Jesper Olson, PP. 20-35. Reviewed by Susan Schultz in Plastic 3 (Spring 2000)





The Columbia Literary History of the United States, ed. Emory Elliott. Associate Editors: Daniel Shea, Martha Banta, Terence Martin, David Minter, Marjorie Perloff (I edited Section V, 1945-to the present). New York: Columbia U.P, 1987.

Postmodern Genres, special issue of Genre,22, no. 3-4 (Autumn Winter 1987); as book by U of Oklahoma Press, 1989; 2d ed. 1995. Contains 11 essays and my Introduction. My own essay is called "Music for Words Perhaps: Reading/Hearing/Seeing John Cage's Roaratorio," pp. 195-230. Reviewed in Semiotica 106, 1-2 (1995): 197-99 by Ingeborg Hoesterey.

John Cage: Composed in America, co-edited with Charles Junkerman (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994). I contributed the Introduction and the essay, "A Duchamp Unto Myself: Writing Through Marcel."

(Reviewed: Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 July, 1994, p. 6; John Shreffler, Booklist, June 1 and 15; J. Behrens, Choice, 32, no. 8 (April 1995),; Kenneth Goldsmith, Rif/t, 5, no. 1 (Summer 1995), rpt. in Lydia Goehr, Journal of Aesthetic and Art Criticism, Summer 1996, pp. 193-95)

Twentieth Century American Poetry, 2 vols. (Library of America: 2000). Ed. John Hollander, Robert Hass, Nathaniel Mackey, Carolyn Kizer, Marjorie Perloff. Won the English-Speaking Union Ambassador Award for 2001.




"Sylvia Plath's 'Sivvy' Poems: A Portrait of the Poet as Daughter," in Gary Lane (ed.), Sylvia Plath: A Collection of Essays, ed. Gary Lane (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979), pp. 155-78.

"The Dream Songs of John Ashbery," in David Lehman (ed.), Beyond Amazement: New Essays on John Ashbery (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1980), pp. 66-86; rpt. in different form in Poetics of Indeterminacy.

"Contemporary / Postmodern: The 'New' Poetry?", in Harry T. Garvin (ed.), Romanticism, Modernism, Postmodernism (Lewisburg, Pa.: Bucknell University Press, 1980), pp. 171-180.

"Oppen and the Metric of Difference," in Burton Hatlen (ed.), George Oppen: Man and Poet (Orono, Maine: National Poetry Foundation, 1981), pp. 215-229. Rpt. in revised form in The Dance of the Intellect.

"'To Give a Design': Williams and the Visualization of Poetry," in Carroll Terrell (ed.), William Carlos Williams: Man and Poet (Orono, Maine: National Poetry Foundation, 1983), pp. 159-86. Rpt. in Dance of the Intellect.

"Lawrence's Lyric Theatre: Birds, Beasts, and Flowers," in Peter Balbert and Phillip Marcus (eds.), D. H Lawrence: A Centenary Consideration (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1985). Rpt. in Poetic License.

"The Contemporary of our Grandchildren: Pound's Influence," in George Bornstein (ed.), Pound among the Poets (Chicago: University of chicago Press, 1985), pp. 195-229. Rpt. in Poetic License.

"'Revolving in Crystal': The Supreme Fiction and the Impasse of Modernist Lyric," in Albert Gelpi (ed.), Wallace Stevens: The Poetics of Modernism (Cambridge and London: Cambridge University Press, 1985), pp. 41-64.

"Apocalypse Then: Merwin and the Sorrows of Literary History," W. S. Merwin: Essays on the Poetry, ed. Cary Nelson (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986), pp. 122-44; rpt. in Poetic License.

"Une Voix pas la mienne: French/English Beckett and the French/English Reader," in Alan W. Friedman, Charles Rossman, and Dina Sherzer (eds), Beckett Translating/Translating Beckett (University Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State Press, 1987), pp. 37-48; rpt. in Poetic License.

"New Nouns for Old: Language Poetry, Language Game, and the Pleasure of the Text," in Matei Calinescu and R. Fokkema (eds.), Exploring Postmodernism (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1987), pp. 95-108.

"William Carlos Williams," in Helen Vendler (ed.), Voices and Visions (New York: Random House, 1987), pp. 157-203.

"Lucid and Inescapable Rhythms: Metrical'Choice' and Historical Formation," in Hank Lazer (ed.), What is a Poet? (Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 1987), pp. 84-114; rpt. in Robert Frank and Henry Sayre (eds.), The Line in Poetry (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988): 13-40.

"(Im)personating Gertrude Stein," in Shirley Neuman and Ira B. Nadel (eds.), Gertrude Stein and the Making of Literature (Macmillan and Northeastern University Press, 1988), pp. 61-81.

"Six Stein Styles in Search of a Reader," in Bruce Kellner (ed). A Gertrude Stein Companion (New York: Greenwood Press, 1988), pp. 96-108. Rpt. in Poetic License.

"Fiction as Language Game: The Hermeneutic Parables of Lydia Davis and Maxine Chernoff," in Ellen G. Friedman and Miriam Fuchs (eds.), Breaking the Sequence: Women's Experimental Fiction (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989), pp. 199-214.

"Signs are Taken for Wonders: On Steve McCaffery's Lag," Contemporary Poetry Meets Modern Theory (London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991), pp. 108-115.

"Modernist Studies," in Stephen Greenblatt and Giles Gunn (eds.), Redrawing the Boundaries: The Transformation of English and American Studies (New York: Modern Language Association, i992), pp. 154-78.

"Wanting to be a Comparatist," in Lionel Gossmann and Mihai Sparioso (eds.), Building a Profession: Autobiographical Perspectives on the Beginnings of Comparative Literature (New York: SUNY Press, 1994), pp. 125-40.

*"The Stain of Love and the Fallen Leaf: The Displacements of Desire in Williams's early Poetry," in The Love Poetry of William Carlos Williams, ed. Cristina Giorcelli and Maria Anita Stefanelli (Roma: Edizione Associate 1993), pp. 189-212.

"Literature in the Expanded Field," in Charles Bernheimer (ed.), Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1995), pp. 77-99.

"Tolerance and Taboo: Modernist Primitivisms and Postmodernist Pieties". Prehistories of the Future: The Primitivist Project and the Culture of Modernism (Stanford U P, 1995), pp. 339-54. Reviewed by Denis Dutton, Philosophy and Literature, Spring 1997.

"Empiricism Once More," in The Uses of Literary History, ed. Marshall Brown (Durham: Duke University Press, 1995), pp. 51-61.

L Before Z, Writing "For Paul" for Louis," LORINE NIEDECKER, WOMAN AND POET, ed. Jenny Penberthy (Orono: National Poetry Foundation, 1996), pp. 157-70.

"Afterimages: Revolution of the (Visible Word), in Experimental, Visual, Concrete: Avant-Garde Poetry since the 1960s, ed. K. David Jackson, Eric Vos, & Johanna Drucker (Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996), pp. 335-344 and Symphoposium, passim.


"Writing Through Wittgenstein: Joseph Kosuth’s Abridged at Ghent," Conjunctions: Literature, Visual Art, Theory (A Festschrift for Renee Hubert), ed. Laurie Edson, San Diego State U Press, 1996, pp. 59-78.


"John Cage’s Dublin, Lyn Hejinian’s Leningrad, "Poetic Cities as Cyberspace," in Arthur F. Kinney (ed.), Classical, Renaissance, and Postmodern Acts of the Imagination: Essays Commemorating O. B. Hardison, Jr. (Newark: U of Delaware, Press, 1996): pp. 58-75.


"What We Don’t Talk About when we talk about Poetry," Grub Street and the Ivory Tower: Literary Journalism and Literary Scholarship from Fielding to the Internet, ed. Jeremy Treglown and Bridget Bennett, (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998). Pp. 224-49.

"English as a Second Language: Mina Loy’s "ANGLO-MONGRELS AND THE ROSE," for Mina Loy: Woman and Poet, ed. Maeera Schreiber and Keith Tuma (National Poetry Foundation, 1996), pp. 131-48. Rpt. in French translation in Après l’usure de toutes les routes: Retour sur l’épopée, Volumes 49-50 of in ‘hui, ed. Jacques Darras (Brussels, 1997): 127-145; trans. Dominque Goy-Blanquet

"The Silence that is not Silence: Acoustic Art in Beckett’s EMBERS", ed. Lois Oppenheim Samuel Beckett and the Arts: Music, Visual Arts, and Non-Print Media (New York and London: Garland, 1999), pp. 247-68.

*"Postmodernism / Fin de Siecle,"revised version for Edward Larissy volume, Romanticism/ Postmodernism Cambridge U Press–Chap. 12, 179-206.

. Cutting-Edge Poetics: Roy Fisher’s ‘Language Book’,The Thing about Roy Fisher: Critical Studies, ed. John Kerrigan and Peter Robinson (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2,000); pp. 149-72.

"The Return of the Repressed," in The Future of Literary Studies, ed. Hans Ulrich Gumbrechad and Walter Moser (Edmonton: Library of the Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 2001), pp. 117-22.

Dialogue with Robert von Hallberg, "On Evaluation in Poetry," Professions: Conversations on the the Future of Literary and Cultural Studies, ed. Donald Hall (U of Illinois Press, 2001), 87-108..








"Irony in Wallace Stevens's The Rock," American Literature 36 ((1964): 326-42. Rpt. in Critics on Wallace Stevens, ed. Peter McNamara (Miami: University of Miami Press, 1972), pp. 101-112.

"The Consolation Theme in Yeats's 'In Memory of Major Robert Gregory'," Modern Language Quarterly 27 (Fall 1966): 306-322.

"Death by Water: The Winslow Elegies of Robert Lowell," ELH 34 (March 1967): 444-454. Rpt. in revised form in The Poetic Art of Robert Lowell.

"Spatial Form in Yeats's Poetry: The Two Lissadell Poems," PMLA 82 (1967): 444-454.

"Yeats and the Occasional Poem: 'Easter 1916'," Papers on Language and Literature 4 (1968): 308-28.

"Cinderella Becomes the Wicked Stepmother: The Portrait of a Lady as Ironic Fairytale," Nineteenth-Century Fiction, 23 (March 1969): 415-33.

"'Heart Mysteries': The Later Love Lyrics of W. B. Yeats," Contemporary Literature 10 (Spring 1969): 266-83.

"'Another Emblem There': Theme and Convention in Yeats's 'Coole Park and Ballylee 1931'," Journal of English and Germanic Philology 69 (April 1970): 223-40.

"Angst and Animism in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath," Journal of Modern Literature 1 (1970): 57-74. Rpt. in Linda Wagner (ed.), Collected Essays on Sylvia Plath (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1984),pp. 109-23.

"Realism and the Confessional Mode in Robert Lowell," Contemporary Literature 11 (Autumn `970): 470-87. Rpt. in revised form in The Poetic Art of Robert Lowell.

"The Autobiographical Mode of Goethe: Dichtung und Wahrheit and the Lyric Poems," Comparative Literature Studies 7 (September 1970): 265-96.

"Yeats and Goethe," Comparative Literature 23 (Spring 1971): 125-40.

"The Testing of Stanley Kunitz," Iowa Review 3 (Winter 1971): 93-103.

"'A Ritual for Being Born Twice': Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar," Contemporary Literature 13 (Autumn 1972): 507-22.

"Poetry Chronicle, 1970-71," Contemporary Literature 14 (Winter 1973): 97-131. (The O'Hara section is reprinted in Jim Elledge (ed.), Frank O'Hara: To be True to a City (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990), pp. 59-63.

"On the Road to Ariel: The Transitional Poetry of Sylvia Plath," Iowa Review 4 (Spring 1973): 94-110; rpt. in Edward Butscher (ed.), Sylvia Plath: The Woman and her Work (New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1977).

"Charles Olson and the 'Inferior Predecessors': Projective Verse Revisted," ELH 40 (Summer 1973): 285-306.

"Floral Decorations for Bananas" (review essay on six women poets), Parnassus: Poetry in Review 2 (Fall / Winter 1973): 133-48.

"New Thresholds, Old Anatomies: Contemporary Poetry and the Limits of Exegesis," Iowa Review 5 (Winter 1974): 83-99.

"The Corn-Porn Lyric: Poetry 1972-73," Contemporary Literature 16 (Winter 1975): 85-125.

"Pound and Rimbaud: The Retreat from Symbolism," Iowa Review 6 (Winter 1975): 91-118.

"'The Tradition of Myself': The Autobiographical Mode of Yeats," Journal of Modern Literature 4, no. 3 (Feb. 1975): 529-73.

"Frank O'Hara and the Aesthetics of Attention," boundary 2 4 (Spring 1976): 779-806; rpt. in Jim Elledge (ed.), Frank O'Hara: To Be True to a City (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990), pp. 156-88.

"On Sylvia Plath's 'Tulips'," Paunch 42-43 (December 1975): 105-110.

"Literary Competence and the Formalist Model," Centrum 3, no. 1 (Spring 1975): 34-44.

"The Two Poetries: An Introduction," Contemporary Literature: Special Issue, The Postwar Lyric in Britain and America, guest editor Marjorie Perloff, 10, no. 3 (Summer 1977): 263-78.

"Symbolism / Anti-Symbolism," Centrum 4, no. 2 (Fall 1976): 69-104.

"Wlliams in the Classroom," William Carlos Williams Review 2 (Fall 1977): 6-11.

"In Favor of One's Time: The Poetry of Frank O'Hara," American Poetry Review 6, no. 3 (1977): 6-15. Rpt. as Chapter 4 of Frank O'Hara: Poet among Painters.

"The Course of a Particular: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop," Modern Poetry Studies 8, no. 3 (Winter 1977): 177-92.

"Transparent Selves: The Poetry of John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara," Yearbook of English Studies: Special American Number, ed. C. J. Rawson and G. K. Hunter, 8 (1978), pp. 171-96.

"Ammons and Ashbery at Fifty," American Poetry Review, 7, no. 5 (September-October 1978): 5-11.

"'Lines Converging and Crossing': The French Phase of William Carlos Williams," Missouri Review, no. 2 (Fall 1978): 89-123. Rpt. in revised form in Poetics of Indeterminacy; rpt in abridged version in Critical Essays on William Carlos Williams, ed. Steven Gould Axelrod and Helen Deese (New York: G. K. Hall, 1995), pp. 116-23.

'Four Times Five: Robert Creeley's The Island," boundary 2 : Robert Creeley Special Issue, 6, no. 3 (Spring/fall 1978): 491-507.

"Between the Shingle and the Dune: The Poetry of Samuel Beckett," Parnassus: Poetry in Review 6 (Fall / Winter 1978): 170-84.

Beyond the Bell Jar: Women Poets in Transition," South Carolina Review 11 (Spring 1979): 4-17.

"The Greening of Charles Olson" (review essay), Criticism 21 (Fall 1979): 251-60.

"Poetry as Word-System: The Art of Gertrude Stein," American Poetry Review 8, no. 5 (September-October 1979): 33-43. Rpt. in different form in Poetics of Indeterminacy.

"The Man Who Loved Women: The Medical Fictions of William Carlos Williams," Georgia Review 34 (Winter 1980): 840-53. Rpt. in Robert F. Gish (ed.), William Carlos Williams; A Study of the Short Fiction (Boston: Twayne, 1989).

"One of the Two Poetries," PN Review 19 (December 1980): 47-51.

"A Portrait of the Poet as Publisher (James Laughlin)," Parnassus: Poetry in Review (Spring-summer 1980): 179884.

"'Fearlessly Holding Back Nothing': Robert Lowell's Last Poems," Agenda 18, no. 3 (autumn 1980): 104-14.; rpt. in The Critical Response to Robert Lowell, ed. Steven Gould Axelrod (Westport: Greenwood press, 1999).

"The Linear Fallacy," Georgia Review 35 (Winter 1981): 855-69.

"The Portrait of the Artist as Collage Text: Pound's Gaudier-Brzeska and the 'Italic' Texts of John Cage," American Poetry Review, Special Supplement, 11, no. 3 (May-June 1982): 19-29. Rpt. in Dance of the Intellect.

"'Unimpededness and Interpenetration': The Poetic of John Cage," Triquarterly (Special Section: A John Cage Reader ) 54 (Spring 1982): 76-88. Rpt. in Peter Gena and Jonathan Brent (ed), A John Cage Reader (New York & London: C. F. Peters Corp, 1982), pp. 4-16. Rpt. as "Non-Obstruction et interp´n´tration. La poétique de John Cage," in John Cage, ed Daniel Charles, Revue d'esthétique, ¨nouvelle series , nos. 13-14-15 (1987-88): 381-92. Rpt. in Dance of the Intellect.

"Pound/Stevens: Whose Era?", New Literary History, 13, no. 3 (Spring 1982: 485-514, and discussion on pp. 533-36, 40, 552-54. Rpt. in Italian in i verri, no. 12 (December 1986): 29-63. In Polish, in Wallace Stevens Issue, Literature na Swiecie, 12 (2002): 88-118.

"From Action to Image: The Return of Story in Postmodern Poetry," Contemporary Literature, special issue, "Poetry of the Seventies," 23 (Fall 1982): 411-17. Rpt. in Dance of the Intellect.

"Between Verse and Prose: Beckett and the New Poetry," Critical Inquiry 9, no. 2 (1982): 415-33. Rpt. in Dance of the Intellect and again in Stan Gontarsky (ed.), On Beckett: Essays and Criticism (New York: Grove Press, 1988), pp. 197-206.

"Soft Touch: Philip Levine and Robert Bly," Parnassus: Poetry in Review 10 (Spring-Summer 1982): 209-230.

"The Invention of Collage," Collage, Vol. 10-111 of New York Literary Forum (New York, 1983), pp. 5-48. Rpt. in revised form in The Futurist Moment.

"Poètes Maudits of the Genteel Tradition" (Robert Lowell and John Berryman), American Poetry Review 12, no. 1 (May/June 1983): 32-39. Rpt. in Steven Axelrod and Helen Deese (eds.), Robert Lowell: Essays on the Poetry (Cambridge and LondoN; Cambridge University Press, 1987), pp. 99-116.

"The Challenge of German Lyric: Goethe and Heine in Translation," American Poetry Review 12, no. 5 (September/October 1983): 10-17.

"The French Connection," American Poetry Review 13 (Jan-Feb 1984): 40-45.

"Violence and Precision: The Manifsto as Art Form," Chicago Review 34 (Spring 1984): 65-101. Rpt. in revised form in The Futurist Moment.

"'Letter, Penstroke, Paperspace': Pound and Joyce as Co-Respondents," American Poetry 1, 3 (Spring 1984): 20-32. Rpt. in Dance of the Intellect.

"L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poetry in the Eighties," American Poetry Review 13 (May-June 1984): 15-22. Rpt. in Dance of the Intellect.

"The Case of Amy Clampitt," Sulfur 10 (April 1984): 169-78.

"Postmodernism and the Impasse of Lyric," Formations 1 (Fall 1984): 43-63. Rpt. in Dance of the Intellect.

"The Two Ariels: The (Re)Making of the Sylvia Plath Canon," American Poetry Review 13 (November-December 1984): 10-17; rpt. in Neil Fraistat (ed), Poems in Their Place (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1986), pp. 308-34, and again in Poetic License.

"Alterable Noons: The poèmes élastiques of Blaise Cendrars and Frank O'Hara," Yearbook of English Studies 15: Anglo-French Literary Relations, Special Number, ed. C. J. Rawson and Jenny Mezciems (1985), pp. 16-78. Rpt. as "Mouvances des midis: les poèmes élastiques de Blaise Cendrars et Frank O'Hara," in Monique Chefdor (ed.), Blaise Cendrars 2: Cendrars et l'Amérique: Textes réunis (Paris: Lettres Modernes, 1988).

"A Lion in our Living Room" (on Allen Ginsberg's Collected Poems), American Poetry Review (March/April 1985): 35-46. Rpt. in Poetic License.

"Barthes and the Zero Degree of Genre," World Literature Today 59 (Autumn 1985): 510-16.

"'The Shipwreck of the Singular': George Oppen's 'Of Being Numerous'," Ironwood 13, no. 2 (Fall 1985): 193-204.

"Alternate Feminisms (on Djuna Barnes and Adrienne Rich), Sulfur 14 (1985): 132-40.

"Zaum, Seriality, and the Recovery of the Sacred," American Poetry Review 15 (Jan-Feb 1986): 193-204.

"Of Canons and Contemporaries," Sulfur 16 (1986): 155-62; rpt. in North Dakota Quarterly 55, no. 4 (Fall 1987): 4-11.

"Canon and Loaded Gun: Feminist Theory and the Avant-Garde," American Poetry Review 15 (July-August 1986): 155-62; rpt. in revised form in Stanford Literary Review 4, 1 (Spring 1987): 23-46, and again in Poetic License.

"Homeward Ho! Silicon Valley Pushkin (on Vikram Seth), American Poetry Review 15, no. 6 (November-December 1986): 37-46.

"A Response to Robert Scholes: on Canons," Salmagundi 72 (Fall 1986): 125-30.

"Roundtable: 'Is There Currently an American Poetry?" American Poetry 4 (Winter 1987): 125-30.

"Hölderlin our Contemporary," Parnassus (Spring/summer 1986): 144-68.

"Can(n)on to the Right of Us, Can(n)on to the Left of Us," New Literary History 18, no. 3 (Spring 1987: 633-56. Rpt. in Poetic License.

"On Pound's Fascism," The Quarterly, ed. Gordon Lish 3 (September 1987): 233-50; rpt. in Paideuma 16 (Winter 1987): 7-22.

"Howl and its Enemies," Sulfur 20 (fall 1987): 132-41. Rpt. in Poetic License.

"'Voice Whisht through Thither Flood'," (on Steve McCaffery), Temblor 6 (Fall 1987): 130-34. Rpt. in Poetic License.

"Theory and/in the Creative Writing Classroom," Associated Writing Program Newsletter, 20, no. 2 (Nov-Dec 1987): 1-4.

"On the other Side of the Field" (Paul Blackburn), Parnassus 14, no. 2 (Winter-Spring 1988): 197-214. Rpt. in Poetic License.

"Why Futurism Now?" Formations 4, no. 3 (Spring 1988): 1-19.

"Transatlantic Disagreements," Times Literary Supplement, 20-26 January 1989, pp. 60, 69-70; and correspondence in next three issues.

"Response to Jacques Derrida," Critical Inquiry 15, no. 4 (Summer 1989): 767-76.

"Collision or Collusion with History: The Lyric of Susan Howe," contemporary Literature 30, no. 4 (Winter 1989): 518-33; rpt. in Poetic License.

"Poetry for the Next Society," Lectures, Vol. 2 (St. Mark’s at the Bowery, May 1989), Thin Air Video, 1989.

"Word Flash" (review essay on Los Angeles County Museum of Art Exhibitions and a number of art books), Sulfur 26 (1990): 87-107.

"Between Hatred and Desire: Sexualtiy and Subterfuge and/in 'A Prayer for my Daughter'," Yeats Annual 7 (1989: Richard Ellmann Memorial Issue, pp. 29-50; rpt. Yeats, Poetry, Fiction, Prose, Norton Critical Edition, ed. David Pethica (Norton, 1999), pp. 444-54.

"The Demise of 'and': Reflections on Robert Smithson's Mirrors," Critical Quarterly 32, no. 3 (Fall 1990), pp. 81-101.

"To Have No Essence" (review essay on art and culture books), American Book Review 12 (March-April 1990): 7-8, 15.

"On Ben Belitt's 'Swan Lake'," Salmagundi, 87 (Autumn 1990), pp.60-73.

*"Ninety-Percent Rotarian: Gertrude Stein's Hemingway," American Literature, 62, no. 4 (December 1990): 668-83.

"Picketing the Zeitgeist: Crisis in the Humanities?" American Book Review, 12, no. 6 (January-March 1991).

"Making Sense in Media Culture: John Ashbery and Charles Bernstein," Verse: John Ashbery Issue, ed. Susan Schultz, 8, no. 1 (Winter 1991): 53-60. Rpt. in different form in Radical Artifice.

"'The Sweet Aftertaste of Artichokes': Lyn Hejinian's My Life," Denver Quarterly, 25, no. 4 (Spring 1991): 116-21. Rpt. in different form in Radical Artifice.

"Avant Garde and Difference: Duchamp and the Russian Avant-Garde" New American Writing (Spring 1991): 81-96.


"in the middle of the staircase i forgot how to go down" (review essay on David Antin's Selected Early Poems and Rae Armantrout's Necromance), American Book Review, 13, no. 5 (December 1991/January 1992): 8, 24-25, 30-31.

"if you find a signpost you now don't look for" (review essay on John Cage's I-VI: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard), Parnassus: Poetry in Review, 16, no. 2 (Spring 1991): 266-280. Rpt. in different form in Radical Artifice.

"Contextualizing Contemporary Lyric: Some Aporias of Recent Criticism," Review 13 (review of three books on modern/postmodern poetry), Review, (1991 annual), pp. 203-24.

"Toward a Wittgensteinian Poetics," Contemporary Literature, 33, no. 2 (Summer 1992): 191-213.

*Inner Tension / In Attention: Steve McCaffery's Book Art," Visible Language, Special Issue on The Artist's Book: The Text and its Rivals, ed. Renee Hubert, 25, no. 2/3 (1992): 173-91.

"From Tolerance to Irrelevance: Talking About Poetry in the Academy," Sagetrieb, 10 (Winter 1991): 7-16.

"Introduction," Blaise Cendrars, SKY: Memoirs," (Paragon House, 92), pp. 1-8.


*"Johanna Drucker's Herstory," Harvard Library Bulletin: Special Issue on Artist's Books, ed. Roland Greene (Fall 1992).

"What's in a Box," William Carlos Williams Review 18: 2(Fall 1992): 50-58.

"Writing on the Border: From Lyric to Language Game in the Fiction of Ingeborg Bachmann," Sulfur #32, masthead isue (Spring 1993):162-84. Trans. into Serbo-croat, "Pisanje na ivici: od lirike do jezicke igne u prozi > I.B., trans Ana Gorobinski ProFemina 2 (prolece 1995): 102-117.

"Chance, Silence, and Indeterminacy: The Ambiguities of John Cage," Music Today, 18 (1993): 52-56 (in Japanese).

*"How Russian Is it: Lyn Hejinian's Oxota, Parnassus: Long Poem Issue, 17 (spring 1993): 186-209.

"Russell and Wittgenstein on War: The Avant-Garding of the Tractatus," Common Knowledge, II, 1(Spring 1993): 15-34. Reprinted in part in Intimate Enemies: English and German Literary Reactions to the Great War 1914-1918, ed. F. K. Stanzel and Martin Loschnigg (Heidelberg: Carl Winter 1993):493-516.

*"Postmodernism / Fin de siecle: The Prospects for Openness in a Decade of Closure," Criticism 35, 2 (March 1993): 161-92. Translated into Italian as "Post-modernismo / Fin de siecle--Prospettive di apertura in unda decade di chisura" (translation of Criticism essay), Baldus, V, no. 1 (1995): 137-62.

"Empiricism Once More," Modern Language Quarterly, 54, no. 1: special issue on "The State of Literary History" (March 1993): 121-23. To be reprinted in TheUses of Literary History (Durham: Duke University Press, 1995), pp. 51-61.

"The Politics of Book Reviewing," Works and Days, 21 (Spring 1993): 13-18.

"The Critic as Outsider: Hugh Kenner," William Carlos Williams Review, 19, no. 1 &2 (Spring-Fall 1993): 49-56.

"Making Room for the Avant-Garde," Harper-Collins Reader Guidebook (New York: 1994), pp.

"Poetry in the Theory Wake," Common Knowledge , 2, no. 3(Winter93): 94-96.

"From Theory to Grammar: Wittgenstein and the Aesthetic of the Ordinary," NLH festschrift for Ralph Cohen, given to Wolfgang Iser, March 11; for 25, no. 4 (Autumn 1994): 899-921.

"Russische Postmoderne: ein Oxymoron," NeueLiteratur: Zeitschrift für Querverbindugen, Bukarest,, 2/94: 111-19.

"Postmodernism and the Demise of Lyric," (translated ), in Letopes, Matitse Srpreke, 168, September 1992, 230-247.


"What to Make of a Diminished Thing" (Philip Larkin), Parnassus, 19, no. 2 (1994): 9-29. Winner of the Terence du Pres Prize for Excellence in Reviewing


*"Barbed-Wire Entanglements: The New American Poetry 1930-32," Modernism / Modernity, II, no. 1 (January 1995): 145-75.

*"What Really Happened: Barthes’s Winter Garden, Boltanski’s Archives of the Dead," Artes, 2 (1995): 110-25. Rpt. in slightly different form in Writing the Image After Roland Barthes, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté, U of Penn Press,1997), pp. 32-58.


"Living in the Same Place": The Old Mononationalism and the New Comparative Literature," World Literature Today, 69, no. 2 (Spring 1995): 249-255. Translated into Serbo-Croat, in Transkatalog, 6/7 (1998): 76-84.

*"Of Objects and Readymades: Gertrude Stein and Marcel Duchamp," Forum of Modern Language Studies 32, no. 2 (1996): 137-54


Stein/Wittgenstein/Marinetti, South-Central ReviewSpecial Futurism Issue,13, no. 2-3 (Summer Fall 1996): 35-62.

"Modernism without Modernists: A Response to Walter Benn Michaels," Modernism/Modernity, Vol 3, no. 3 (September 1996): 99-106.

"Looking for the Real Carl Rakosi" (review essay,) Journal of American Studies, 30 (1996): 2, 271-283.

"Robert Duncan’s Letters to Denise Levertov," PN Review 112 (Nov-Dec, 1996): 33-38.

"Whose New American Poetry? Anthologizing in the Nineties," Diacritics, 26, 3-4 (Fall-Winter 1996): 104-23.


"The Morphology of the Amorphous: The Videoscapes of Bill Viola," Salt 10 (1997): 131-42.

"Afterimages: Revolution of the (Visible Word), in Experimental, Visual, Concrete: Avant-Garde Poetry since the 1960s, ed. K. David Jackson, Eric Vos & Johanna Drucker (Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 1996), pp. 335-344 and "Symphosymposium," passim.

"Teaching Yeats's Sound Structures," Yeats: An Annual of Critical and Textual Studies, Volume XIII, 1995, (Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press), ed.Richard J. Finneran, pp. 81-90.

"In Search of the Authentic Other: The Poetry of Araki Yasusada," Boston Review, 22, no. 2 (April/May 1997): 26-33. Response in Boston Review, 22, 3-4 (Summer 1997), p. 37. rpt. in abridged form as "Afterword," Doubled Flowering: From the Notebooks of Araki Yasusada (New York: Roof Books, 1997), pp. 148-68; forthcoming in different form in Ethnic Transvestism, ed Joseph Lockard (Illinois, 1998).

"The Morphology of the Amorphous: The Videoscapes of Bill Viola," SALT, 10 (1997): 131-42.


"The Music of Verbal Space: John Cage's 'What you Say," in Sound States: Innovative Poetics and Accoustical Technologies, with accompanying CD, ed. Adalaide Morris, Chapel Hill and London: Univ. of North Carolina Press (1997), pp. 129-48.

"Normalizing John Ashbery," Jacket (Australia), Issue #2 (online), December 1997, 14 pp.


"Sex, Lies, and First Ladies: A Modest (Wittgensteinian) Proposal," Southwest Review, mailed to Willard Spiegelman,84, no. 1 (1998): 30-42.

"What we Don’t Talk About when we Talk about Poetry,: some aporias of ‘literary journalism." PN Review 115 (April-May 1997): 17-25; Grub Street and the Ivory Tower: Literary Journalism and Literary Scholarship from Fielding to the Internet, ed. Jeremy Treglown and Bridget Bennett, (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998), pp. 224-49.


"Harm’s Other Way," The Mac Wellman Journal (Sock Monkey Press, 1998): 31-36. Reprinted in GERM, 3 (1998).

"After Free Verse," Close Listening: Poetry and the Performed Word, ed. Charles Bernstein (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1998), pp. 86-110.

"The Witch of Truth" (Laura Riding), Parnassus, 23. No. 1&@ (1998): 334-53.

"The Portrait of the Language Poet as Autobiographer: The Case of Ron Silliman," Qarry West, 34: Ron Silliman Issue, ed. Tom Vogler (1998): 167-81.

"How a Thing will/ unfold": Fractal Rhythms in A. R. Ammons’s Briefings," Complexities of Motion: A.R. Ammons’s Longer Poems, ed. Steven P. Schnedier (Fairleigh

Dickinson press, 1998), pp. 68-82.

Logocinema of the Frontiersman: Jolas’s Multilingual Poetics and its Legacies," Kunapipi, 1999, pp. 145-63.

"Cultural Liminality / Literary Closure?: The "Interstitial Perspective" of Homi Bhabha," Literary Imagination, 1, no. 1 (Spring 99):109-25.


"Introduction," Anglophone Poetries, special issue of Sulfur, ed. Jenny Penberthy and Marjorie Perloff, Summer 1999.

"The Poetics of Description: Wittgenstein on Aesthetics," PARALLAX, 9, Special Issue: Neo-Pragmatisms and New Romanticisms (Fall 1998): 79-89

"Dada without Duchamp / Duchamp without Dada: Avant-Garde Tradition and the Individual Talent," Stanford Humanities Review, 7.1 (1999): 48-78Trans into Portugese, in "Leituras do ciclo, ed. Ana Luiza Andrade, Maria Lucia de Barros Camargo, Raul Antelo (Santa Catarina: Editora Grifos, 199),pp. 23-44.

"Language Poetry and the Lyric Subject: Susan Howe’s Buffalo, Ron Silliman’s Albany, Critical Inquiry, 25 (Spring1999), 405-434.

"In Defense of Poetry: Put the Literary back in Literature." Boston Review, 24: 6 (Dec-Jan 1999-2000): 22-26.

The Fascination of What’s Difficult: Emily Dickinson and the Theory Canon," Stand, Vol. 1, No. 3(June, 2000): 33-51.

‘Writing Poetry / Writing about Poetry," Symploke, 7: 2 (2000): 21-29.

"Multiple Pleats: Some Applications of Michel Serres’ Poetics,’ Configurations: Special Serres Issue (Summer 2000): 187-200.

‘Reading Gass Reading Rilke," Parnassus, 25 (Winter 2001): 486-507

"Election Diary,2000," Exquisite Corpse, #8, 2001 (online at http://www.corpse.org).

"Talk Poem as Visual Text: David Antin’s ‘Artist’s Books’." Review of Contemporary Fiction, special issue ed. Stephen Cope, Vol. 21 (Spring 2001): 125-46


"’Watchman and Spy: Jasper Johns, John Cage, Frank O’Hara and the "Aesthetic of Indifference’," Modernism / Modernity, 8, no. 2 (2001): 197-223.

"Concrete Prose": Haroldo de Campos’s Galaxias and After," Contemporary Literature, special issue: American Poetry of the 1990s, ed. Thomas Gardner, 42, 2 (Summer 2001): 270-93.

"Removing the Eggshells: Rereading Wittgenstein on a Desert Island," Genre 33, no. 3-4 (2001).




Prefaces, Interviews (as interviewer and as interviewee)

Preface and Four Entries (David Antin, John Ashbery, Kathleen fraser, Charles Wright), Contemporary Poets 3d ed., ed. James Vinson (London: St James; New York: St. Martin's press, 1980), pp. viii-xiv; 40-43, 513-15, 1694-95. Rpt. in 4th Edition (1985).

Interview with Douglas Messerli (interviewer) Aerial 4 (1988): 29-49.

Introduction to Edward Dorn, Slinger (Durham: Duke University Press, 1989), pp. i-xviii.

Preface to Alexei Parshchikov, Blue Vitriol (Avec Books 1994): pp 7-10.

Interview with Augusto and Haroldo de Campos (interviewer),Arschile, 3 (1994): 61-78.

"Who's Wearing the Pants? Marjorie Perloff on Ginsberg & the Beats," Interview with Kurt Kline, Poetry Flash, (interviewee), 253 (June/July 1994), 1, 12, 14, 3

Introduction to John Taggart,Songs of Degrees: Essays on Contemporary Poetry and Poetics (Tuscaloosa and London: University of Alabama Press, 1994), pp. 1-12.

Dubravka Duric, Interview with Marjorie Perloff, Kosava,, 21 September 1994, pp. 54-56.

"Radical Artifice in the 90s: An Interview with Professor Marjorie Perloff," The Rising Generation, 151, no. 8 (1 November 1995): 2-10.

Introduction to Portfolio of "Young American Poets," Yang (Antwerp, Belgium), 182 (Summer 1998): 183-85.

Regis Bonvicino, "Entrevista: 0efeit0 multicultural," with Marjorie Perloff, Cult, 17 (December 1998): 50-51

"Mapping the New: An Interview with Marjorie Perloff," Rain Taxi Review of Books, 6, no. 2 (Summer 2001): 46-48.






Anthony Hecht, The Hard Hours, in The Far Point, no. 2 (Spring-Summer 1969): 45-50.

"Yeats as Gnostic" (review of Harold Bloom, Yeats, and Allen Grossman, Poetic Knowledge in the Early Yeats), Contemporry Literature, 12 (Autumn 1971): 554-61.

"Extremist Poetry: Some Versions of the Sylvia Plath Myth (review article on A. Alvarez, The Savage God, Sylvia Plath, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees), Journal of Modern Literature 2 (1973): 581-88.

"The Blank Now" (review of Robert Lowell, History, The Dolphin, For Lizzie and Harriet), The New Republic, 7 and 14 July 1973): pp. 24-26.

"Roots and Blossoms" (review of James Wright, Two Citizens, Richard Hugo, The Lady from Kicking Horse Reservoir, Thom Gunn, Moly, and My Sad Captains) Washington Post: Book World, 6 January 1974, p. 3.

Mona Van Duyn, Merciful Disguises, Washington Post: Book World, 6 January 1974, p. 3.

"Man Behind the Mask" (Ted Hughes, Selected Poems 1947-67), Washington Post Book World, 10 Feb. 1974, pp. 1-2.

"The Poet and his Politics" (William M. Chace, The Political Identities of Pound and Eliot and David Craig, The Real Foundations: Literature and Social Change), The New Republic, 16 March 1974, pp. 2-23.

"The Poverty of the Sayable" (review of Calvin Bedient, Eight Contemporary Poets), The New Republic, 19 October 1974, pp. 1-2.

"Opinions and Persons" (Stephen Spender, Love-Hate Relations: English and American Sensibilities), The New Republic, 29 June 1974, pp. 19-20.

Richard Fein, Robert Lowell and R. K. Meiners, Everything to be Endured: An Essay on Robert Lowell and Modern Poetry, Southern Humanities Review 8 (Summer 1974): 411-13.

"A First Textbook" (review of Ezra Pound, Gaudier-Brzeska: A Memoir), The New Republic, 28 December 1974, pp. 21-22.

"A Very Private Life" (review of Richard B. Sewall, The Life of Emily Dickinson), The Washington Post Book World, 26 January 1975, pp. 1-2.

"They Were There" (review of Frank O'Hara, Art Chronicles), The New Republic, 1 March 1975, pp. 23-24.

"Soap Opera Bubbles" (review of Daytime Serials), The New Republic, 10 May 1975, pp. 27-30.

"Battle of the Books" (review of Harold Bloom, A Map of Misreading and Hugh Kenner, A Homemade World), Washington Post Book World, 22 June 1975, pp. 3-4.

"The Joy of Jong" (Erica Jong, Loveroot and Here Comes Everybody and Other Poems) Washington Post Book World, 6 July 1975, pp. 1-2.

Joseph Riddel, The Inverted Bell. Modernism and the Counterpoetics of William Carlos Williams, in Modern Language Review, 71 (January 1976): 156-58.

Alan Williamson, Pity the Monsters, the Political Vision of Robert Lowell, in American Literature, 47 (Fall 1975): 48-52.

Hugh Kenner, A Homemade World, in William Carlos Williams Review 1, no. 1 (fall 975): 14-15.

Frank O'Hara, Standil Still and Walking in New York, ed. Donald Allen, in Washington Post Book World, 25 January 1976, p. 615.

Edward Dorn, Collected Poems and Slinger, in The New Republic, 24 April 1976, pp. 22-26.

Edward Butscher, Sylvia Plath: Method and Madness, in Washington Post Book World, 4 July 1976, H7-8.

David Antin, Talking at the Boundaries, in The New Republic, 5 March 1977, pp. 33-35.

Sylvia Plath, Letters Home, in Resources for American Literary Study, 7 (Spring 1977): 77-84.

George Bornstein, Transformations of Romanticism in Yeats, Eliot, and Stevens, in Wallace Stevens Journal 1, no. 2 (Summer 1977): 75-80.

Stephen Yenser, Circle to Circle: The Poetry of Robert Lowell, in English Language Notes 14 (March 1977): 231-235.

Robert Lowell, Day by Day, in Washington Post Book World, 30 Obctober 1977, pp. H7, H9.

Waltraud Mitgutsch, Zur Lyrik von Ted Hughes, in Yearbook of English Studies 7 (1977), pp. 338-39.

Donald Davie, Ezra Pound, in Yearbook of English Studies 8 (1978): pp. 286-88.

Charles Boer, Charles Olson in Connecticut, in Yearbook of English Studies, 8 (1978), pp 295-98.

Richard Ellmann (ed.), The Oxford Book of American Verse, in Yearbook of English Studies, 8 (1978), pp. 262-64.

Keith Sagar, The Art of Ted Hughes, in Notes & Queries, October 1977, pp. 435-37.

Harold Bloom, Wallace Stevens: The Poems of our Climate, in American Literature, 50 (March 1978): 129-32.

Donald Hall, Remembering Poets, in The New Republic, 6 May 1978, pp. 30-32.

John Frayne (ed.), The Collected Prose of W. B. Yeats, Vol. 2, in Modern Language Review, 73 (October 1978): 896-99.

Northrop Frye, On Culture and Literature, ed. Robert Denham, in South Atlantic Bulletin, 44 (January 1979): 113-16.

Caroline Barnard, Sylvia Plath, in Western Humanities Review, 33 (Autumn 1979): 365-68.

John Yau, Sometimes, in Meridian 1 (March 1908): 2-3.

Jacqueline Saunier-Ollier, William Carlos Williams, in William Carlos Williams Review (Spring 1980): 27-30.

Veronic Forrest-Thomson, Poetic Artifice: A Theory of Twentieth Century Poetry, in Contemporary Literature, 21 (Spring 1980): 291-96.

Galway Kinnell, Mortal Acts, Mortal Wounds, in Gramercy Review, 4 (November 1980): 48-52.

Hugh Probyn, Ted Hughes's Gaudete, in Notes & Queries, 27 (December 1980): 573-74.

Stephen C. Foster (ed.), Dada Spectrum and Richard W. Sheppard, Dada: Studies in a Movement, in Modern Language Review 76 (January 1981): 152-55.

Wendy Steiner, Exact Resemblance to Exact Resemblance: The Portraiture of Gertrude Stein, in Yearbook of English Studies, 11 (1981), pp. 347-49.

George Butterick, A Guide to the Maximus Poems, in Yearbook of English Studies, 11 (1981), pp. 342-44.

Seamus Heaney, Poems 1965-75 and Preoccupations: Selected Prose 1968-78, in Washington Post Book World, 11, no. 4 (25 January 1981), pp. 5, 11.

Helen Vendler, Part of Nature, Part of Us, in Contemporary Literature, 22 (Winter 1980-81): 96-103.

David Lynch, The Poetics of the Self, in Modern Language Quarterly, 4 (December 1980): 96-103.

Charles Altieri, Enlarging the Temple, in Journal of Modern Literature, 8 (1981): 424-26.

S. C. Neumann, Gertrude Stein: Autobiography and the Problems of Narration, in Yearbook of English Studies, 12 (1982), pp. 336-37.

Peter Conrad, Imagining America, in Modern Language Review, (April 1982): 425-28.

Audrey Rodgers, The Universal Drum, Notes & Queries 29 (June 1982): 273-75.

Roger Cardinal, Figures of Reality, in Modern Language Review, 77 (October 1982): 913-15.

Max Jacob, The Dice Cup, in Sulfur 6 (1983): 172-79.

Sylvia Plath, Collected Poems, in Resources for American Literary Study, 11 (Fall 1983): 304-13.

Charles Russell, The Avant-Garde Today: An International Anthology, in Modern Language Review,78 (July 1983): 663-65. "Private Lives, Public Images: Adrienne Rich and Paul Monette, Michigan Quarterly Review 22 (January 1983): 130-42.

Cairns Craig, The Politics of Poetry, in Contemporary Literature, 25, 1 (Winter 1983-84): 88-92.

Barry Ahearn, Zukofsky's A", in American Literature (May 1984): 296-98.

Piers Gray, T. S. Eliot's Intellectual Development and Eric Gould, Mythical Intentions in Modern Literature, in Modern Languag Review, 79, 3 (July 1984): 689-92.

"Dirty Language and Scramble Systems" (Laurie Anderson, Kathleen Fraser), Sulfur, 11 (Fall 1984): 178-83.

John Cage, The Rhetoric of Imagism, in Yearbook of English Studies, 15 (1985): 344-47.

"Poetry and the Common Life" (Selected Poems of Kenneth Rexroth), in Sulfur, 12 (1985): 160-64.

Eugene Kintgen, The Perception of Poetry, in L'Esprit créateur, Fall 1984: 110-11.

"Response to Mary Kinzie," Salmagundi, 67 (Summer 1985): 146-49.

Terrence Diggory, Yeats & American Poetry, in Yeats Annual (Macmillan, 1985): 271-75.

Donald Wesling, The New Poetries, in Eidos, 2 (October 1985): 11-12.

Harold Bloom, Agon, in Modern Language Review, 81 (April 1986): 431-35.

Peter Bürger, Theorie of the Avant-Garde and J. Weisberger (ed.), Les Avant-gardes littéraires, in Modern Language Review, 81 (April 1986): 426-28.

James Breslin, From Modern and Contemporary and Robert von Hallberg, American Poetry and Culture, in English Language Notes, 23 (June 1986): 61-65.

"Icon of the Fifties?" (Sylvia Plath), Parnassus, 12 and 13 (Winter-Spring 1986): 282-86.

Alistair Davis, Bibliography of Modernism, in Modern Language Quarterly, 81 (October 1986): 993-94.

"Essaying Hot and Cool" (Umberto Eco and Charles Bernstein), Michigan Quarterly Review, 26 (Spring 1987): 404-12.

David Perkins, A History of Modern Poetry, II, in Los Angeles Times, 19 April 1987, p. 6.

Sanford Schwartz, The matrix of Modernism and J. M. Levenson, Genealogy of Modernism, in Modern language Review, 83 (Summer 1988): 650-52.

Andrei Codrescu (ed.), More Late than Up: American Poetry since 1970, in American Book Review, 10, no. 2 (May 1988): 12, 17, 23.

Jacqueline Brogan, Stevens and Simile and Beverly Coyle and Alan Filreis, The Letters of Stevens and Jose Rodriguez Feo, in Modern Philology, 86, no. 2 (November 1988): 217-220.

"The Word as Such" (Khlebnikov, Collected Works, Vol. 1), in Sulfur, 23 (1988): 184-89.

Neil Baldwin, Man Ray, in Washington Times, 21 November 1988, p. E&.

Hugh Kenner, A Sinking Island, in Scripsi, 52, (1989): 73-81.

Paul Giles, Hart Crane, in Modern language Review, October 1989.

"Noticings," (on Anna Akhmatova), Sulfur, 26 (1990): 241-44.

"To Have No Essence" (Paulson, Lovejoy, Ballerini, Marcus), American Book Review, 12, no. 1 (March-April 1990): 7-8, 15.

"Barbara Bush's Choices," Central Park, 19 /20 (Spring and Fall1991):300-303.

Noticings, Sulfur 27 (1990) 233-237 (Akhmatova etc.)

John Ashbery's Flow Chart, New York Times Book Review, Sunday, June 16, 1991, p. 12.

Critique de la vie Barthelmienne," Review of Contemporary Fiction, 11, no. 2 (Summer 1991): 27-28.

"Contextualizing Contemporary Lyric: Some Aporias of Recent Criticism," Review, 13 (review of Thomas Gardner et. al.), 1991 issue, pp. 203-24.

Noticings: On Lyn Hejinian et. al., Leningrad, Rosmarie Waldrop, Sulfur, 29 (Fall 1991): 216-21.

Review of John Harwood, Olivia Shakespear and W. B. Yeats: After Long Silence, Yeats Annual, #9 (Yeats and Women), ed. Deirdre Toomey, (London: Macmillan, 1992): pp. 329-35.

""Noticings," Sulfur 31 (Fall 1992), 266-273 (on Emmanuel Hocquard, 49 +1, Steve McCaffery, Rational Geomancy, and George Landow, Hypertext.

"Great American Novel?" (Toni Morrison), for Lance Olson, guest ed. American Notes and Queries: 5, 4 (October 92): 229-31.

"Staying-at-Home with Barbara Bush," New Republic, 5 October 1992, 14-16.

Jacqueline Rose, The Haunting of Sylvia Plath; Paul Alexander, Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath, New England Quarterly, Dec. 1992: 648-52.

Angela Moorjani, The Aesthetics of Loss and Lessness, in The Beckett Circle, 15, no. 1 (Spring 1993), 6-8.

Jahan Ramazani, Yeats and the Poetry of Death, in Yeats Annual, 10 (1993): 279-83.

Articles on "Minimal Poetry" and "Found Poetry," Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (Princeton: Princeton U. Press, 1933).

Jerome Rothenberg and Pierre Joris, ppppppp, in Sulfur, 34 (1994): 201-208.

"Poetry Doesn't Matter," (Picketing the Zeitgeist), American Book Review, 15, no. 5 (Dec 1993-Jan 1994), pp. 3, 5, 7, 9.

"Inglan is a Bitch," review of Bloodaxe THE NEW POETRY, SCRIPSI, Sept. 1994, 159-69

Noticings (Penberthy, Yip, Goldsmith-La Barbara), Sulfur 35 (1994), 195-200.

Douglas Kahn and Gregory Whitehead, eds. Wireless Imagination: Sound, Radio and the Avant-garde , Common Knowledge, 3, no. 2 (Fall 1994): 166-67.

Catherine Phillips, Robert Bridges: A Biography, in Yeats Annual 11, ed. Warwick Gould (London: Macmillan, 1995): 274-79.

"AfterrImages: Revolution of the (Visible) Word," Sulfur, #37 (1996). Rpt in revised version as essay in Experimental-Visual-Concrete: Avant-Garde Poetry Since the 1960s, ed. K. David Jackson, Eric Vos, & Johanna Drucker (Amsterdam and Atlanta, Rodopi, 1996), pp. 335-44.

Donald Revell (trans), Alcools by Apollinaire, Boston Review, 21, no. 1 (FEB/MARCH 1996): 33-34.

"Something is Happening, Mr. Jones," Electronic Book Review: Politics of Selling out issue, 1, 2 (1996), 8 pages.

Bertrand Russell, The Spirit of Solitude by Samuel Monk, Washington Times, 20 Oct. 1996, B7-8.

Review of The Granite Butterfly by Parker Tyler, William Carlos Williams Review, 22, no. 1 (Spring 1996): 103-11.

"Sentence not Sentence" (review of Steve McCaffery, The Cheat of Words, Tom Raworth, Clean and Well Lit, Susan Howe, Frame Structures: Early Poems 1974-79, Vincent Bugliosi, Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O. J. Simpson got away with Murder, Sulfur #39 Fall 1996): 139-51.

"The Mina Loy Mysteries," American Book Review, 18, no. 1 (Oct-Nov. 1996): 16-17, 26.

Franco Moretti, Modern Epic: The World System from Goethe to Garcia Marquez, in Electronic Book Review, 4 (Winter 1996/97); response by Moretti and my response, #5.

"Druckwerks" (review essay on Johanna Drucker’s criticism and book art), Textual Practice, Spring 1997.

"A Passion for Content: Restoring ‘Literary Literacy’ to the English Curriculum," The Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 May 1997, pp. B4-5.


Review of John Yau, Forbidden Entries, Boston Review, 22, 3-4 (Summer 1997): 39-41.

Review of Yeats’s Political Identities by Jonathan Allison, ANQ 10, no. 4 (Fall 1997): 53-55..

"Intellectuals," PMLA Forum, , PMLA, 112 (October 1997), pp. 19-21.

"The Coming of Age of Language Poetry "(Perelman and O’Sullivan),forthcoming Contemporary Literature, 28 (Sept. 1997), pp. 558-68.

Contemporary Women Poets, ed. Pamela L. Shelton (Detroit and New york: St James Press, 1997), one of five Advisors and contributor, Kathleen Fraser essay, 122-23.

"Paper Chase," review of Rosalind Krauss, The Picasso Papers, Bookforum, April 1998, pp. 37, 40. And see Letter to the Editor Column in May Issue, response to Yves Alain Bois.


"Laurels for the Laureate?" (Ted Hughes), The Writer’s Chronicle, 31, no. 2, October/November1998, pp. 40-43.


"Fascism’s Other" (review of Le Livre Noir du communisme), 11 pages. American Book Review, 20.1 (November/December 1998): 16-17.


"Why Anthologies Make Bad Textbooks," Chronicle of Higher Education, XLV, no. 32 (16 April 1999): B6-7

"A Syntax of Contrariety" (on Bruce Andrews), Aerial 9 (1997): 234-38

"A Response," New Definitions of Lyric, ed. Mark Jeffreys (New York: Garland Press, 1997): pp. 243-53.

"James Laughlin 1914-1997," Parnassus 23, no. 1 and 2 (1998): 24-31.

Hank Lazer, 0-10, "Triplespace": Virginia Quarterly Review, (Spring 1998). 381-90.

"Visionary Company," Forum: Thirteen Poets and Critics Respond to Harold Bloom’s "They Have the Numbers, We the Heights," (in previous issue), Boston Review, 23, 3-4 (Summer 1998): 23.

"To Wonder Without Becoming Dry," review of Peter Gizzi, Artificial Heart, in Boston Book Review, 5-6 (August 1998): 34-35.


"Paper Chase," review of Rosalind Krauss, The Picasso Papers, Bookforum, April 1998, pp. 37, 40. And see Letter to the Editor Column in May Issue, response to Yves Alain Bois.

Review of Jean-Michel Rabaté, Ghosts of Modernity, l’Esprit créateur, 39, no. 2 (Summer 1999): 90-91.

"Pound’s Letters from Captivity," Times Literary Supplement, 16 July 1999, pp. 24-25. (cover article).

"To Wonder Without Becoming Dry," review of Peter Gizzi, Artificial Heart, in Boston Book Review, 5-6 (August 1998): 34-35.

"Collage and Poetry," and "Gertrude Stein," for Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. Michael Kelly, 4 vols. (New York: Oxford U Press, 1998), Vol 1, 384-87; Stein, Vol. 4, 306-10.

"Introduction to ‘Young American Poets," 186-207; portfolio, ed. MGP, Yang, 182 (Summer 1998): 183-85.

Review of Michel Delville, Prose Poem, for Prose Poem, 8 (Summer 1999), pp. 134-38.

"Just their Pot Luck" (review of Ashbery’s Girls on the Run), Stand, December 199, 13-16.

"Gertrude Stein," in American Poet, Spring 2000, pp. 20-21.

"For Jackson Mac Low," Sulfur 45/46 (Spring 2000): 21-13.

"Sexy Language," LIT, 2 (Summer 2000): 76-77.

""Missing the Beat," review of The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, ed. Alan Kaufman, for American Book Review, July/August 2000, pp. 10-11.

"Introduction," Rochelle Owens’s Luca (Junction Press, 2000), 1-6; rpt. in How(2) (online), Winter 2001.

Roundtable for PMLA, Jubilee Issue (2000): 115, no. 7: 2067-68.

"Make it New: The Ground-Breaking Texts of 20th Century Poetry," (10 best books of 20th century): 21-22.

Entries for Contemporary Poets , 7th Edition (New York: St. Martin's, 2001, on David Antin, pp29-31; John Ashbery, pp. 36-38, Kathleen Fraser, 380-82.

Introduction, David Antin, Talking, new ed. (Dalkey Archive, 2001), pp. 1-viii.

Introduction to Mac Wellmann, Cellophane (Johns Hopkins U, 2001).pp. 1-8.

"Janus-Faced Blockbuster" (review of Cary Nelson, Oxford Anthology of American Poetry), Symploke, 8, 1-2 (2001): 205-13.

"Still Full of Surprises" (review of John Ashbery, Your Name Here), Thumbscrew 18 (Spring 2001): 10-16.

"When the Saints Go Marching By" (review of Leigh Davis, General Motors), Landfall (New Zealand) 202 (Fall 2001): 154-59.

TRANSLATIONS "Post-modernismo / Fin de siècle--Prospettive di apertura in unda decade di chiusura" (Italian translation of Criticism essay), Baldus, V, no. 1 (1995): 137-62.

"Pisanje na ivici: od lirike do jezicke igne u prozi Ingeborg Bachmann (trans of "Writing on the Border: From lyric to language game in the prose of IB) Sulfur essay by Ana Gorobinski," ProFemina 2 (prolece 1995): 102-117.

Lucid and Inescapable Rhythms’: Metrical Choice and Historical Formation’, trans into Serbo-Croat by Dubravka Djuric, Ovdje (Oct-Dec, 1999): pp. 67-81

‘Como os espacos urbanos aparecem na poesia," Estado de S. Paulo 17, 24, 31 December). In 3 parts. (Urban Spaces in Robert Frank, Frank O’Hara, Robbert Flick, Lyn Hejinian)

"Pound Stevens: Whose Era? Revisited," trans. into Polish in Literature na Swiecie, nr. 12 (2000): 167-73.



Work in Press



"After Language Poetry: Innovation and its Theoretical Discontents," Talisman #20/21 (Spring 1999); The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry, 1970-2000 (Talisman House Press,2000), pp. 117-38.


"Vocable Scriptsigns: Differential Poetics in Kenneth Goldsmith’s Fidget and John Kinsella’s Kangaroo Virus," The World in Time and Space: Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry, 1999; and then in Poetry, Value, and Contemporary Culture, ed. Andrew Roberts and John Allison (Edinburgh Press, 2,000), mailed March 22.


"Light Silence: Dark Speech": Reading Johns’s Images, Seeing Beckett’s Language in Foirades/Fizzles," Zeugma, Winter 2001.


"A Kind of Fluidity: James Tate’s Variations on the Prose Poem," mailed to Brian Henry Jan. 10 (for U of Michigan volume on Tate, 2001).

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