• Birds Fly through Us, Omnidawn (scheduled 2007)
  • Matter, University of Iowa Press (2004)
  • Airs, Waters, Places, University of Iowa Press (2001)
  • Wake, University of Iowa Press (1999)
  • Massacre of the Innocents, University of Iowa Press, 1995
  • The Erotic Light of Gardens, Wesleyan University Press, 1989
  • The Language Student, Louisiana State University Press, 1986
  • White Monkeys, University of Georgia Press, 1981
  • The Difference between Night and Day, Yale University Press, 1978.


  • American Notes & Letters (2001): “Enhanced and Instrumentalized Looking: Poetry and Visual Art”
  • Boston Review (June-July 1996): Jorie Graham’s Dream of the Unified Field; (January 1999): Three First-books (Truitt, Ramsdell, Powell); (January 2002): Darkling (Anna Rabinowitz); (Sept-Oct 2002): Jorie Graham’s Never (Summer 2003);
  • Denver Quarterly, reviews of: Richard Howard, John Williams, Robert Penn Warren, Derek Walcott, James Schuyler, Franz Kafka, Frank O’Hara, Susan Howe, John Ashbery, James Tate, Jorie Graham, Fairfield Porter; on prose poetry, on the elegy, others;
  • Georgia Law Review (Fall 1984): “Language, Law, and Forms of Failure”;
  • Georgia Review (Winter 1980): “Mattie Lou O’Kelley: American Folk Artist,” with Linda Ramke.
  • The Ohio Review, various on: literary mentors, verse forms, and on Louis Simpson;
  • West Branch (Spring 2002 ) “A Community of Books by Women” (review of five recent women poets).