Kumin, Maxine. “On Karl Shapiro.” In The Roots of Things: Essays. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2010. The noted poet Kumin takes a look at Shapiro and his poetics.
Napierkowski, Marie Rose, and Mary K. Ruby, eds. Poetry for Students. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Contains an analysis of Shapiro’s “Auto Wreck,” as well as a brief biography and literary criticism.
Parisi, Joseph, and Stephen Young, eds. “Karl Shapiro: 1950-1955.” In Dear Editor: A History of “Poetry” in Letters—The First Fifty Years, 1912-1962. New York: Norton, 2002. Examines Shapiro’s tenure as editor of Poetry. A brief introduction, in which his tendency to cause controversy is noted, is followed by letters to the editor.
Reino, Joseph. Karl Shapiro. Boston: Twayne, 1981. Although dated, this overview study offers biographical information, critical assessment, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
Shapiro, Karl. “Karl Shapiro.” Interview by Robert Phillips. In The Madness of Art: Interviews with Poets and Writers, edited by Robert Phillips. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse University Press, 2003. In this 1984 interview, the seventy-two-year-old writer discusses his literary career, his Jewishness, his works, and other writers, admired and otherwise.
Updike, John. Due Considerations: Essays and Criticism. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. Contains the introduction Updike wrote for the 2003 Library of America collection of Shapiro’s poems. The lengthy introduction, written after Shapiro’s death, tells the story of his life in detail and provides critical analysis.
Walker, Sue, ed. Seriously Meeting Karl Shapiro. Mobile, Ala.: Negative Capacity Press, 1993. Collects essays written about Shapiro by fellow poets and writers (John Updike, David Slavitt, Hayden Carruth, Ted Kooser) and others, including his wife, Sophie Wilkins. Many essays deal with his poems.