Applewhite, James. “Illegible Fields and Names in Marble.” Sewanee Review 103 (1995): 522-537. This thoughtful autobiographical essay discusses the world that created Applewhite’s poetic consciousness. The poet re-creates the world of Stantonsburg, where he grew up with his parents and many members of his father’s family.
Gwynn, R. S. “What the Center Holds.” Hudson Review 46, no. 4 (Winter, 1994): 741-750. In this lengthy review article, Gwynn discusses Applewhite’s A History of the River as part of a general discussion of contemporary American poetry. He notes the poet’s deep attachment to North Carolina and says that he can sometimes endow his subjects with “epic grandure,” but he faults him for sometimes using imprecise imagery.
Lensing, George S. “Roads from Stantonsburg: The Poetry of James Applewhite.” Southern Review 31, no. 1 (1995): 139-161. Lensing discusses the relationship between Applewhite’s native geography and his writing. He examines the forces of contemporary life which alienate the poet from the natural world and the unpretentious men who are the poet’s heroes.
Levine, Philip. “A Conversation with Philip Levine.” Interview. TriQuarterly 95 (Winter, 1995): 67-83. In this lengthy interview, Levine talks, among other things, about the importance of place for one who wants to write. Although he does not specifically discuss Applewhite, he offers readers an overview of the state of contemporary American poetry.
Publishers Weekly. Review of A History of the River. 240, no. 4 (January 24, 1993): 83. In this review, the author describes Applewhite’s knowledge of his culture as “impressive” but says that his descriptions are sometimes “excessively nuanced.”