Hill, Jane. “’To Own My Father’s Name’: Not Hiding the Masculine in the Poems of David Bottoms.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 35, no. 1 (2002): 25-59. A thorough consideration of the masculine codes, as well as the relationships between father and son, in Bottoms’s poetry.
Hill, Robert W. “Warbling with TV in the Background: David Bottoms in the Suburbs.” Southern Quarterly 37, nos. 3/4 (1999): 80-84. A discussion that points out Bottoms’s departure from southern clichés and stereotypes.
Murray, G. E. “The Collective Unconscious.” Southern Review 37, no. 2 (Spring, 2001): 404-421. A review/analysis of the works of a number of southern poets that demonstrates how certain themes about manhood, fathers, overcoming the past, and racism appear repeatedly. The analysis provides thorough readings of poems from Bottoms’s first and third books.
Russ, Don. “’Up Toward the Light’: Resurrection, Transfiguration, Metamorphosis, and Evolution in David Bottoms’s Armored Hearts.” Southern Quarterly 37, nos. 3/4 (1999): 66-72. Although this article is primarily a consideration of Bottoms’s collection Armored Hearts, its discussion of nature imagery in his work applies to many of his poems, early and late.
Suarez, Ernest. “A Deceptive Simplicity: The Poetry of David Bottoms.” Southern Quarterly 37, nos. 3/4 (1999): 73-79. Suarez provides a useful analysis of Bottoms’s technique, demonstrating his use of figurative detail and distracting narratives.