Publications

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Peer-Reviewed Articles

Long Branch, USA: Robert Pinsky’s Extended Metaphor for Tenuous Social Capital in America,Midwest Quarterly: A Journal of Contemporary Thought, vol. 59, no. 2, 2018

“Robert Pinsky, author of nine collections of poetry most recently At the Foundling Hospital (2016)…has used both critical and poetic lenses to craft and fictionalize a landscape of small town America in an act of investigation and documentation of sociologic and cultural aspects of American community. Like Alexis de Tocqueville before him with Democracy in America (1835), Pinsky observes civic and societal aspects of American life and with poetry makes it accessible by way of his childhood hometown. Here, van Alstyne explores Pinsky’s extended metaphor as documentary poetics through Robert Putnam’s sociological understanding of social capital and Alexis de Tocqueville’s observations about American society, democracy, and American poetics.” —Abstract via Proquest

Wives and Daughters: Social Acceptance and Agency in Chapman, Jonson, and Marston’s Eastward Ho,” Appositions: Studies in Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture, vol. 10, no. 1, 2017

Interviews

Through the Open Window: A Conversation on Race and Poetry with Laura McCoullough” in Something on Paper, 2016

Book Reviews

2017

Madwoman by Shara McCallum (Alice James, 2017) in Rain Taxi, vol. 22, no. 3

Into the Cyclorama by Annie Kim (Southern Indiana Review, 2016) in Rain Taxi, vol. 22, no. 2

Whereas by Stephen Dunn (W.W. Norton, 2017) in Colorado Review

2016

Bestiary: Poems by Donika Kelly (Graywolf, 2016) in the Colorado Review

The Last Light Reddens the Leaves of the Copper Beech by Stephen Dobyns (BOA Editions, 2016) in Rain Taxi, vol. 21, no. 4

“Rain Taxi calls Dobyns book a ‘poignant collection about love, life'” press release on the BOA Blog

Little Labors by Rivka Galchen (New Directions, 2016) in Something on Paper

2014

Nobody Home: Writing, Buddhism, and Living in Places by Gary Snyder and Julia Martin (Trinity University Press, 2014) in Something on Paper

2013

Texture Notes by Sawako Nakayasu (Letter Machine Editions, 2010) on The Bombay Gin Blog