Henry, Brian. Review of The Ledge. The New York Times Book Review, April 30, 2000. This short, vituperative review uses most of its words to point to places where the reviewer finds fault with the book’s sentimentality and lack of insight. The reviewer begins to discuss “The Brave Sparrow” (“the book’s best poem”) but this brief review is closed before any insight can be gathered. There is one helpful point made in this review: a suggestion of where the “emotional intensity” of this book exists.
Longenbach, James. “Poetry in Review.” Yale Review 83 (October, 1995): 144-147. Places Collier within a school of contemporary academic poets.
Muske-Davis, Carol. “Out of the Cradle Violently Rocking: The New Young Poets—Review.” Kenyon Review (Summer/Fall, 2001). This discussion of three poetry anthologies published in 2000 gives an apt review of the aesthetic of Collier’s The New American Poets.
Reel, Monte. “Everyday Life, Uncommon Passion: Poet Laureate Offers New View.” The Washington Post, March 25, 2001, p. C5. Discusses Collier’s intention to become an ambassador for poetry throughout the state of Maryland.
Virginia Quarterly Review. Review of The Folded Heart. (Spring, 1990). This favorable review of Collier’s second book can help readers find clues into his symbolism as well as insights about the success of his narrative style.