Essays, lectures, and reviews
THE NAUTILUS OF ROBERT LOWELL'S "SKUNK HOUR" (2018) An essay on Robert Lowell's seminal poem and its origins in a Maine coastal town published in Schuylkil Valley Journal Online
LOOKING OUT, LOOKING IN: GARY SNYDER AND SOURDOUGH MOUNTAIN LOOKOUT (2017) An essay on Gary Snyder's "Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout" published in Schuylkil Valley Journal Online
Scott Edward Anderson's page on Academia.edu More papers, reviews, and essays can be found here.
THE ART OF LOSING: LOVE LIVES OF ELIZABETH BISHOP (2016) A review of two films about Elizabeth Bishop published in basalt.
MAKING POEMS BETTER: THE PROCESS OF REVISION (1998) Essay version of a lecture on the process of revision in writing poetry, examining "Ox Cart Man," by Donald Hall and "Black Angus, Winter" by Scott Edward Anderson delivered by the author at the Writing Rendezvous Conference, University of Alaska, Anchorage, 26 April 1998. (Available on Academia.edu)
ELIZABETH BISHOP UNDER THE MICROSCOPE (1996) An essay on Elizabeth Bishop, her poetry and collected letters, and several biographies and critical studies of the poet's life and work, first published in The Bloomsbury Review, November/December 1996. (Available on Academia.edu)
REVIEW OF IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SUN: STORIES AND POEMS, 1961-1991 BY N. SCOTT MOMADAY (1993) A stylistic and thematic critical review first published in The Bloomsbury Review, July/August 1993. (Available on Academia.edu)
ELEGY & EXILE: ELIZABETH BISHOP'S POEM "Crusoe in England" (2011) A critical examination of the poem "Crusoe in England" by Elizabeth Bishop, focusing on themes of exile, elegy, and Bishop's depiction of the title castaway character from the book "Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe. Themes of knowledge, memory, and feelings of displacement in the poem are discussed, as well as loneliness and bliss in the poem. First published in the Worcester Review, Elizabeth Bishop 100th Anniversary issue, March 2011. (Available on Academia.edu)