Caples, Garrett. “Barbara Guest in the Shadow of Surrealism.” Chicago Review 53/54 (Summer, 2008): 153-161. Views Guest’s later poetry in terms of its relation to Surrealism. Examines “Hotel Comfort,” the last poem she wrote, and “The Shadow of Surrealism,” an essay collected in Forces of Imagination. Half of this issue of the Chicago Review was devoted to a tribute to Guest.
Fox, Margalit. “Barbara Guest, Eighty-five: Pioneering Poet of the New York School.” The New York Times, March 4, 2006, p. A11. Obituary of Guest examines her life and works, noting her inclusion in the New York School and her use of the visual in her poet.
Guest, Barbara. The Collected Poems of Barbara Guest. Edited by Hadley Haden Guest. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2008. This collection, edited by Guest’s daughter, brings together Guest’s works and adds a few new poems. Includes an introduction by Peter Gizzi, brief sections of analysis, and a time line that details personal milestones and career accomplishments.
Knight, Brenda. Women of the Beat Generation: The Writers, Artists, and Muses at the Heart of a Revolution. Berkeley, Calif.: Conari Press, 1996. Contains a chapter dealing with Guest and Elise Cowen.
Nelson, Maggie. Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractions. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2007. This discussion of the New York School examines Guest’s role.
Rankine, Claudia, and Juliana Spahr, eds. American Women Poets in the Twenty-first Century: Where Lyric Meets Language. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press, 2002. An anthology of women poets of the twenty-first century, including Guest, with analysis by the authors of the anthology.
Ronk, Martha. “A Foreign Substance.” Chicago Review 53/54 (Summer, 2008): 109-114. Examines Guest’s use of imagery, focusing on the poem “Wild Gardens Overlooked by Night Lights” and the essay “H. D. and the Conflict of Imagism.” Ronk likens Guest’s images to foreign substances.