Selected Reviews



“Attracted in dislike: A soap-opera account of a ‘New York Intellectual’,” A review of The Untold Journey: The Life of Diana Trilling by Natalie Robins

Times Literary Supplement, May 19, 2017.

“The Codebreaker: On the critical legacy of William Empson”

Originally published in The Weekly Standard April 10, 2017.


On The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner

Literary Matters 9:2.


“The Letters of T. S. Eliot, vols 3 and 4”

Battersea Review, 1, no. 4 (2015)

“The Strange Voice of Edgar Allen Poe” Jerome McGann, THE POET EDGAR ALLEN POE: ALIEN ANGEL

TLS, Feb. 6, 2015, p. 7.

“Eliot on the Poetry of his Contemporaries”

Time Present: The Newsletter of the TS Eliot Society, 85 (Spring 2015), 1, 4-5.

“Gentleman of Letters: The Hits and Misses of James Laughlin”

THE WEEKLY STANDARD, 5 Jan. 2015, 20, No. 17.


Daniel Levin Becker, Many Subtle Channels: In Praise of Potential Literature

Common Knowledge, 20: 2 (2014), 368-69.

“You’ve Got Mail, Ray Johnson’s Not Nothing and The Paper Snake

TLS August 1, 2014

The Long Night (Karl Krauss, Trans. Michael Russell)

Books of the Year, TLS, Nov. 28, 2014, p. 13


“I remember vanilla pudding,” The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard and The Nancy Book

TLS August 2012.

The Last Waltz: Gregor Von Rezzori and the Final Days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Bookforum February/March 2012.

Spare, Enigmatic Lorine Niedecker

TLS February 1, 2012.

The Letters of T.S. Eliot Volumes 1 & 2

Bookforum (Dec/Jen 2012)


The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Vol. 1 1929-1940

Bookforum 16, no. 2 (June-August 2009)


Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems by John Ashbery.

Bookforum 14 no 4 (Dec/Jan 2008)

Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism.

Modernism/Modernity, 15, 2 (2008)

Personally Speaking: Martin Amis. THE SECOND PLANE: September 11: 2001-2007.

Times Literary Supplement, 14 Feb. 2008, 3-5.

Over the Last Limit. Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky. Edited by Michael Almereyda.

Boston Review, 33, no. 4 (July/August 2008), 45-47.

Where Trees do their Witchy Dance. Sleeping it off in Rapid City: Poems, New and Selected. By August Kleinzahler.

Times Literary Supplement. July 9, 2008: 11-12.


Party in the Blitz: The English Years. By Elias Canetti.

Bookforum, Dec/Jan 2006.

Torch Song.  Karl Kraus: Apocalyptic Satirist, Volume 2: The Postwar Crisis and the Rise of the Swastika by Edward Timms.

Bookforum, 13-2 (June-September 2006): 20-21.


“Dreams of Weeds”: THE DANCERS INHERIT THE PARTY. Early stories, plays and poems. Ian Hamilton Finlay, edited by Ken Cockburn.

Times Literary Supplement, April 29, 2005, p. 26.


Victorian Modernism: Pragmatism and the Varieties of Aesthetic Experience by Jessica Feldman

ELT, 47, 1: 2004: 90-94.

The Return of Robert Lowell

Parnassus 27, no. 1 and 2,(Winter, 2004): 76-102.

The Cubist Painters.   Guillaume Apollinaire

Translated, with commentary, by Peter Read.


Modernism/Modernity, 11, no. 3 (2004): 282-87.


The Language of New Media By Lev Manovich

Published in Common Knowledge 9. 2, 2003

Review of Susan Howe, Susan Bee, Bed Hangings

Published in Common Knowledge 9:2 (2003): 341-42.


“The Rescue of the Singular,” George Oppen’s New Collected Poems

CL, 43, no. 2 (September 2002): 560-69.

“The Hell Below Brooklyn Bridge,” review of Clive Fisher, Hart Crane

TLS August 30, 2002, p. 9 (full page).


Still Time for Surprises: John Ashbery’s Recent Books

Thumbscrew, 18 (Spring 2001): 46-48.


John Ashbery, Girls on the Run: A Poem

Stand, December 1999, 13-16.

Michel Delville, The American Prose Poem: Poetic Form and the Boundaries Of Genre.

Prose Poem, 8 (Summer 1999), pp. 134-38.


“Paper Chase”: The Picasso Papers,  by Rosalind Krauss.

(see also Letter to the Editor – Response to Yves Alain Bois)

Bookforum, April 1998, pp. 37, 40. And see Letter to the Editor Column in May Issue, response to Yves Alain Bois.

“Triplespace” (on Hank Lazer)

Virginia Quarterly Review, (Spring 1998). 381-90.

“To Wonder Without Becoming Dry.” Artificial Heart by Peter Gizzi. Burning Deck.

Boston Book Review, 5-6 (August 1998): 34-35.

Ted Hughes. Birthday Letters.

New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998

The Witch of Truth (Laura Riding)

Parnassus, 23. No. 1 (1998): 334-53.

FASCISM’S OTHER. Le Livre noir du communisme: Crimes, terreur, répression

American Book Review, 20.1 (November/December 1998): 16-17.


The Coming of Age of Language Poetry. Out of Everywhere by Maggie O’Sullivan. The Marginalization of Poetry by Bob Perelman.

Contemporary Literature 28 (Sept. 1997), pp. 558-68.


Textual Practice, Volume 11, Issue 1 Spring 1997 , pages 133 – 142.

Yeats’s Political Identities: Selected Essays

ANQ 10, no. 4 (Fall 1997): 53-55.


Bertrand Russell, The Spirit of Solitude

Washington Times, 20 Oct. 1996, B7-8.

The Granite Butterfly by Parker Tyler

William Carlos Williams Review, 22, no. 1 (Spring 1996): 103-11.

The Mina Loy Mysteries

American Book Review, 18, no. 1 (Oct-Nov. 1996): 16-17, 26.

Modern Epic: The World-System from Goethe to García Márquez

Electronic Book Review 4 (Winter 1996/97).

Looking for The Real Carl Rakosi: Collecteds and Selecteds

Journal of American Studies, 30 (1996): 2, 271-283.

Forbidden Entries. By John Yau.

Boston Review, 22, 3-4 (Summer 1997): 39-41.

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.


Songs in Flight, The Collected Poems of Ingeborg Bachmann

Edited and translated by Peter Filkins.

ALCOOLS. Poems by Guillaume Apollinaire

Translated by Donald Revell. from Boston Review

Anna Akhmatova in Translation

PN Review 163 (May-June 2005): 28-35.