Boyers, Robert. “Jane Shore.” A Book of Common Praise. Keene, N.Y.: Ausable Press, 2002. Boyers has collected a series of short essays summarizing the themes and structures of Shore and twenty-four other writers. The essay on Shore provides an introduction to her works.
Ciavarra, Jaime. “Life, in Verse.” GWMagazine (Spring/Summer, 2009). Ciavarra suggests that Shore strives to create poems that are accessible to her readers and that provide ways to interpret and resolve life’s difficulties.
Goldensohn, Lorrie. “About Jane Shore: A Profile.” Ploughshares 23, no. 4 (Winter, 1997-1978): 209-213. Goldensohn relates early biographical information about her friend and fellow poet Shore and paints a picture of the young woman while Shore was attending Goddard College. Goldensohn shared meals and poetry readings with Shore, helping her find her voice in her poetry and in her life.
McFall, Gardner. “Toward a Visible Woman.” Review of Music Minus One. The New York Times Book Review, February 23, 1997, p. 16. McFall describes Shore’s Music Minus One as a strongly autobiographical work that uses material from her childhood in 1950’s New Jersey to the birth of her daughter, Emma, and her parents’ deaths. He details the volume as a series of thirty-one poems that shift perspective along the continuum of time and maturity, creating a history both personal and artistic.
Murphy, Bruce F. “Verse Versus Poetry.” Poetry 127, no. 3 (January, 2001): 279. In this review, Murphy describes the works of several poets, including Shore’s Happy Family. Although Shore’s title refers to a common dish served in Chinese restaurants, he finds a secondary and ironic meaning as well. Murphy says that Shore’s poems describe domestic scenes, meditating on childhood, aging, the disappointment of dreams, and how relationships further or blunt the energies of one’s life. Murphy examines Shore’s mechanics, placing her verse in the category of prose based on its rhythms and lack of rhyme.
Shore, Jane. “An Interview with Jane Shore.” Interview by Bonni Goldberg. Baltimore Jewish Times, February 28, 1997, p. 91. Shore talks about the importance of family to her and how her “Jewishness” is evident in her works.