Epstein, Joseph. “John Frederick Nims and the Divine Silliness of Words.” Sewanee Review 107, no. 3 (Summer, 1999): 476-478. In an article written shortly after Nims’s death, Epstein describes how Nims gloried in the beauteous oddity of words and took great pleasure in food, friends and quotidian pleasures, and he assesses Nims’s editorship of Poetry.
Fulton, Alice. “On the Plains of Fancy.” Poetry 159, no. 1 (October, 1991): 32. American plain style, by definition valuing the language of least resistance, has a rich tradition. Fulton examines the plain style in “The Six-Cornered Snowflake” and “Zany in Denim” by Nims.
Jason, Philip K., ed. Masterplots II: Poetry Series. Rev. ed. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2002. Contains an in-depth analysis of the poem “Love Poem.”
Kennedy, X. J. “John Nims and His Multitudes.” Harvard Review (Spring, 1994). Poet Kennedy examines Nims’s poetics from a temporal vantage point affording a perspective on the poet’s oeuvre.
Nims, John Frederick. “John Frederick Nims.” Interview by William Baer. In Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets, edited by Baer. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004. Nims discusses translation, the merits of poetic structure, and his stint as editor of Poetry magazine.
Parisi, Joseph, and Stephen Young. Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters, 1962-2002. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2006. Using a documentary approach, Parisi and Young portray Poetry magazine’s history during the period that included Nims’s most significant involvement.
Pugh, Christina. Review of The Powers of Heaven and Earth. Poetry 182, no. 5 (August, 2003): 294-296. A review and assessment of Nims’s legacy as a poet.
Stefanile, Felix. “Poet to Poet: The Michelangelo of John Frederick Nims.” Review of The Complete Poems of Michelangelo. Sewanee Review 108, no. 1 (Winter, 2000): 23-26. Stefanile discusses Nims’s distinctive approach as translator in relation to his Michelangelo translations.