Bromwich, David. “Self-Deception and Self-Knowledge in John Hollander’s Poetry.” Southwest Review (Spring/Summer, 2001): 246. Perceptive comments on Hollander’s approach to his subjects.
Grossberg, Benjamin S. Review of A Draft of Light. Antioch Review 667, no. 1 (Winter, 2009): 191-193. Examines Hollander’s rumination on advancing age, finding it a “complex experience, grim wisdom leavened by liveliness and very fine music.”
Hollander, John. “A Conversation with John Hollander.” Interview by Paul Devlin. St. John’s University Humanities Review 1, no. 2 (April, 2003). Very wide-ranging discussion of Hollander’s views not only on his own work but also on that of others.
_______. “John Hollander.” Interview by William Baer. In Fourteen on Form: Conversations with Poets, edited by Baer. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2004. Hollander discusses poetic form, influences on his poetry, and his development as a poet.
McClatchy, J. D. “The Fall Guy.” The New Republic 196 (February 9, 1987): 44-46. A discussion of In Time and Place with an excellent survey of the range of response to Hollander’s books throughout his career. Hollander has been misunderstood or ignored by most critics, according to McClatchy.
Muriatori, Fred. Review of Picture Window. Library Journal 128, no. 9 (May 15, 2003): 93. Remarks on the continuation of Hollander’s playful, punning style.
Pettingell, Phoebe. “Hollander’s Poetic Playfulness.” The New Leader 82, no. 4 (April 5, 1999): 15-16. Pettingell discusses poet Hollander’s poetic playfulness and how it illuminates the brave pathos of human endeavor.
Seaman, Donna. Review of Picture Window. Booklist 99, no. 18 (May 15, 2003): 1633. Notes how the collection examines human perception and self-infatuation in “cleverly constructed and philosophically agile” poems.
Warren, Rosanna. “Night Thoughts and Figurehead.” Review of Figurehead, and Other Poems. Raritan 20, no. 2 (Fall, 2000): 11-24. Warren demonstrates how this collection extends and complicates the poetic devices and themes Hollander used in Movie-going, and Other Poems.
Wood, Michael. “Calculated Risks.” Review of Spectral Emanations. The New York Review of Books, June 1, 1978, 27-30. Wood argues that Hollander’s poetry tends toward imitation and artifice without underlying meaning. Although he is extremely talented, says Wood, Hollander’s skills overshadow his actual achievement.