Reviews and Articles

Reviews and articles about Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Drafts.

Online and print materials listed separately

Updated 10/2012


Reviews on line: FEATURE—JACKET2

A feature with 16 contributions (posted December 14, 2011), including

Daniel Bouchard, “A little yod and a rocking enormity”

Thomas Devaney, “Inverting the Middle”

Alan Golding, “Drafts and Fragments”

Paul Jaussen, “Envoy: Postings on the Digital Life Poem”

Eric Keenaghan,  “Openings: Some notes on the political in Drafts”

C.J. Martin, “On ‘Pitch’ with special reference to ‘Hard Copy’” and “How to mourn-touch”

Bob Perelman, “’Drafts’ and the epic moment”

Patrick Pritchett (ed.), “All serifs are seraphim” and “Debris Field” (a midrash on RBD).

Libbie Rifkin, “The force of an intervention”

Naomi Shulman, “At the critical/poetic boundary”

Ron Silliman, “Un-scene, ur-new”

Harriet Tarlo, “The page is slowly turning black”

Catherine Taylor, “Take your time: The ethics of the event in Drafts”

Chris Tysh,  “Ghost Tracks”


Other on-line reviews

Maria Damon. [Review of Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft Unnumbered: Précis]. HOW2, posted May-June 2006.


Patrick Durgin, [Review of Torques] Jacket 35 (2008).


Steven Fama, post on Pitch (October 2010).The glade of theoric ornithic hermetica.

Alan Gilbert, Harriet blog for the Poetry Foundation, brief discussion of RBD


David Kaufmann “Midrashic Sensibility. Rachel Blau DuPlessis and the poetry of textual reverence.” Tablet Magazine, July 8, 2010.

Andrew Mossin. ‘An Uncanny and Unstable Aura of Resistance’: Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Blue Studios and the Work of Poetry. Jacket 32.


Patrick Pritchett, “Drafts 1-38, Toll by Rachel Blau DuPlessis.” Jacket 22 (May 2003). Accessed Dec. 26, 2005.


Libbie Rifkin, “Little Words and Redemptive Criticism: Some Points on Drafts.” HOW 2  I.8 (Fall 2002). Accessed 7 Jan 2007.


Harriet Tarlo, “’Origami Foldits’: Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Drafts 1-38, Toll.” HOW2 I. 8 (Fall 2002).  accessed 7 Jan 2007.


Tarlo. “Recycles: The Eco-Ethical Poetics of Found Text in Contemporary Poetry. Journal of Ecocriticism 1, 2 (2009): 114-130. url


Catherine Taylor. “Open Studios. Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work.” Postmodern Culture


Chris Tysh. “Gloss on ‘Fosse, Draft XXX’” HOW2  I.8 (Fall 2002). Accessed 7 Jan 2007.


Other Relevant Reviews, print


Anon. “Drafts 1-38, Toll.” Publishers Weekly. November 19, 2001: 63.


Caroline Bergvall. “’Writing the Undone.’ Review: Rachel Blau DuPlessis’ Drafts.” Parataxis: modernism and modern writing, 6 (Spring-Summer 1994): 90-93.


Marina Camboni. “<<Disarmonia perfetta>>: polilinguismo e transnazionalismo nella poesia sperimentale contemporanea.” Incontri transnazionali: Modernità, poesia, sperimentazione, polilinguismo, ed. Marina Camboni e Renata Morresi. Conference proceedings, Università di Macerata. Florence: Le Monnier, 2005: 9-34.


Barbara Cole. Review of  DRAFTS. Drafts 39-57, Pledge, with Draft unnumbered: Précis. Poetry Project Newsletter 202 (Feb/March 2005): 27-29.


Catherine Daly, “Drafting and Folding.” American Book Review 24, 1 (November/ December 2002): 22, 24.

Patrick Durgin. On Draft 32: Renga. kenning 4 (Spring 1999): 64-65.


Andrew Ervin. “It’s truly poetry in motion.” [Review of two books of Drafts]. Philadelphia Inquirer, August 21, 2005: H 12.


Dan Featherston. “Review [of Waldman, DuPlessis, Riding],” Sulfur 41 (Fall 1997): 164-169.


Alan Golding, “’What about all this writing?’: Williams and alternative poetics.”  Textual Practice 18. 2 (2004): 265-282.


Lee Gough, Review of Toll, The Poetry Project Newsletter 193 (Feb.-March 2003): 21, 23.


Burton Hatlen, “Renewing the Open Engagement: H.D. and Rachel Blau DuPlessis.” H.D. and Poets After. Ed. Donna  Krolik Hollenberg. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2000: 130-162.


Paul Jaussen. “The Poetics of Midrash in Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Drafts.” Contemporary Literature, Volume 53, Number 1.  Spring 2012: 114-142.


Megan Swihart Jewell. “Between Poet and (Self-)Critic: Scholarly Interventionism in Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s Drafts. Contemporary Women’s Writing. 5.1 (Jan. 2011): 18-35.


Walter Kalaidjian. “The Holocaust at Home,” The Edge of Modernism: American Poetry and the Traumatic Past. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006: 49-107. Discussion of DuPlessis on 86-96.


Lynn Keller. “Chapter 6: Grand Collage  ‘Out of Bounds’: Feminist Serial Poems by Beverly Dahlen and Rachel Blau DuPlessis.” Forms of Expansion: Recent Long Poems by Women. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997:  239-301.


Burt Kimmelman. “Objectivist Poetics Since 1970.” The World in Time & Space: Towards a History of Innovative American Poetry: 1970-2000. ed. Edward Forster. Jersey City: Talisman House Publishers.


Linda A. Kinnahan, “Experiments in Feminism,” Women’s Review of Books XIX, 8 (May 2002): 14.

Hank Lazer. “’Travelling many direction’d crossings’: The Poetry of Rachel Blau DuPlessis.” Opposing Poetries, Volume II: Readings. Northwestern University Press, 1996: 34-59.


Robert Long “A collection that defies today’s boundaries of poetry,” Philadelphia Inquirer (Sunday, May 11, 1997): 9.


Nathaniel Mackey, Chancellor’s Reading List recommends Drafts 1-38, Toll, American Poet (Spring 2003), 10.


Chris McCreary, Review of Toll, The Poker 1 (Winter 2002): 68-69.


Chris McCreary. “Review of two chapbooks from BeautifulSwimmer Press, including Draft 32: Renga.” Washington Review XXIV. 5 (Feb-March 1999): 27.


Susan Smith Nash. “Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Draft X: Letters.” Washington Review (October/ November 1991): 29-30.


Paul Naylor. “Decomposition and Myth: Review of DuPlessis, Draft X: Letters and Beverly Dahlen, A Reading.” American Book Review 13, 4 (Oct.-Nov. 1991): 8.


Axel Nesme. “Etant Donné(e) Rachel Blau DuPlessis: Intertextuality and Intermediality in Drafts 1-38, Toll.” Etudes Anglaises #2 (2012).  [Article in English]


Harriet Tarlo.“A She Even Smaller Than a Me: Gender Dramas of the Contemporary Avant-Garde.” In Alison Mark and Deryn Rees-Jones, eds. Contemporary Women’s Poetry: Reading/Writing/Practice. London: Macmillan Press Ltd., 2000: 247-270.


Ann Vickery. “From Being Drafted to a Draft of Being: Rachel Blau DuPlessis and the Reconceptualisation of the Feminist Avant-Garde.”  Avant-Post: The avant-garde under “post”-conditions. Louis Armand, ed. Prague: Litteratia Pragensia, 2006: 133-159.





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