Bancroft, Colette. Review of Unheard Music. St. Petersburg Times, May 4, 2008. Bancroft observes that a poet’s sensibility is at work in this collection of short stories with their spare and concentrated language and ironic twists of plot.
Byrd, Gregory. “Aesthetics at the Southernmost Point: Toward a Definition of Florida Poetry.” Mississippi Quarterly 52, no. 2 (Spring, 1999): 287-298. Although Meinke is a transplant to Florida, not a native, Byrd says it is “just as accurate to call him a Florida poet as it is a Southern poet or a New England poet.” Meinke is hard to pigeonhole regionally, as his writing reveals influences of the North and the South.
Jason, Philip K., ed. Masterplots II: Poetry Series. Rev. ed. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2002. Contains an in-depth analysis of the poems “Advice to My Son” and “Sunday at the Apple Market.”
McDonough, Mike. “Kicking the Air with All Fours.” Review of The Contracted World. Coldfront Magazine, August 29, 2006. McDonough’s appreciation of Meinke as a longtime poet who escapes easy labels emphasizes the poet’s musical language and honest search for meaning.
Meinke, Peter. “Essay on ’Zinc Fingers.’” Literary Review 44, no. 1 (Fall, 2000): 507-509. This is an account of the origin of the title poem from Meinke’s collection. It involves a clear discussion of the process through several drafts, including such matters as syllabics, rhyme, and other devices of sound in the poem.
_______. “An Interview with Peter Meinke.” Interview by James Plath. Clockwatch Review 7 (1990/1991). Explores the relationship between fiction and poetry. Meinke’s own writing habits in each genre are discussed at length.
_______. “Peter Meinke.” http://www.petermeinke .com/home.html. Meinke’s Web site contains up-to-date biographical and bibliographical details.
Raisor, Philip. “The Dreams of Gulls and Robins.” Review of The Contracted World. Tar River Poetry Review 46, no. 2 (Spring, 2007). Raisor, a professor of English at Old Dominion University, where Meinke had held the Darden Chair in Creative Writing (2003-2005), and frequent reviewer of poetry, revels in Meinke’s language and reflections on the natural world.
Solomon, Andy. “Meinke Sheds Light Through Small Windows.” St. Petersburg Times, August 27, 2000. Considers Meinke’s “billowing national reputation” in light of the poet’s use of local subject matter. Solomon finds Meinke’s greatest strength in his ability to “forge that lightning connection” between ordinary things and the universal truths of human existence.