Eagle, Herbert. “Syntagmatic Structure in the Free Verse of Miroslav Holub.” Rackham Literary Studies 3 (1972): 29-49. Using a theory of free verse based on writings by the Formalists and Structuralists, Eagle provides a detailed, technical analysis of specific poems by Holub. Eagle uses the term “sytagmatic balance” to define the intonational principle that he believes unifies much of Holub’s free verse.
Heaney, Seamus. “The Fully Exposed Poem.” Parnassus 11, no. 1 (1983): 4-16. An excellent review of Holub’s Sagittal Section and Interferon: Or, On Theater and a discussion of the effectiveness of Holub’s poetry in translation.
Holub, Miroslav. “Poetry Against Absurdity.” Poetry Review 80 (Summer, 1990): 4-8. Based on a lecture given by Holub at the Conference on Czech Literature, 1890-1990, at New York University in March of 1990, this essay effectively recalls the attempts by Holub and fellow Czech poets to record “the feeling of human responsibility in the overwhelming absurdity” of life following the Communist takeover in Czechoslovakia.
Walker, David, ed. Poets Reading: The FIELD Symposia. Oberlin, Ohio: Oberlin College Press, 1999. This collection of brief but excellent essays on Holub’s poetry was originally published as a symposium on Holub in FIELD magazine. Dennis Schmitz’s essay “Half a Hedgehog” and Tom Andrews’s study “Hemophilia/Los Angeles” are particularly effective analyses of individual poems.
Young, David. Introduction to Interferon: Or, On Theater. Oberlin, Ohio: Oberlin College, 1982. A brief examination of the role of science and theater in Holub’s poems.