Ashley, Renée. Review of Elegy. Literary Review 51, no. 4 (Summer, 2009): 244-248. A favorable review of Bang’s work, which says the poetry “embodies and enacts the numbing impossibility of understanding and the ongoing nature of Bang’s suffering.”
Bang, Mary Jo. “I. E.: On Emily and Influence.” The Emily Dickinson Journal 15, no. 2 (2006): 66-70. Revealing analysis that underscores the tremendous influence of Dickinson on Bang. Stresses Bang’s signature fragmented line and experimental use of ambiguous imagery.
Hacht, Anne Marie, and David Kelly, eds. Poetry for Students. Vol. 23. Detroit: Thomson/Gale, 2006. Contains an analysis of Bang’s poem “Allegory.”
Heffernan, James A. W. Museum of Words: The Poetics of Ekphrasis from Homer to Ashbery. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. Helpful and accessible, provides context for Bang and her interest in the visual medium. With illustrations.
Jackson, Virginia. Dickinson’s Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005. Helpful explication of Dickinson’s lyricism in poetry that, like Bang’s, can seem fragmented and harsh.
Ramazani, Jahan. Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994. Important overview of the tradition in which Bang gained national prominence. Investigates the relationship between grief and art, intimacy and publicity, and consolation and self-pity.
Seaman, Donna. Review of The Bride of E. Booklist 106, no. 4 (October 15, 2009): 17. The reviewer praises the abecedarian, or book of alphabet poems, by Bang, saying that the poet is “antic and reflective, funny and oracular.”
Swensen, Cole, and David St. John, eds. American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. New York: W. W. Norton, 2009. This anthology examines the work of seventy-three poets, including Bang, who combine the traditional and experimental in their poems. Poems from each poet are accompanied by short introductory essays providing background and positioning the poet in the contemporary poetic world.