Caplan, David. “In That Thicket of Bitter Roots.” Virginia Quarterly Review 80, no. 4 (Fall, 2004): 115-134. An essay on the renewed interest in metrical verse being displayed by American poets, including Dacey.
Folsom, Ed. “Philip Dacey on Whitman: An Interview and Four New Poems.” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 19, no. 2 (Summer, 2001): 40-51. An exploration of Dacey’s continuing fascination with Walt Whitman.
Hedin, Robert, ed. Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: One Hundred Fifty Years of Minnesota Poetry. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society, 2007. This anthology gives a place of prominence to Dacey, who exerted considerable influence in Minnesota poetry during the last third of the twentieth century.
McPhillips, Robert. The New Formalism: A Critical Introduction. Rev. ed. Cincinnati: WordTech Communications, 2005. An overview of and introduction to the movement Dacey helped create.
Stitt, Peter. “The Necessary Poem.” Ohio Review 19, no. 2 (Spring/Summer, 1978): 101-112. Stitt’s examination of Dacey’s poetry is valuable for its discussion of tonal consistency. While appreciative of the poet’s strengths, he takes an uncompromising look at Dacey’s failures of voice.
Stuart, Dabney. “Sex and Violence.” Tar River Poetry 26, no. 2 (Spring, 1987): 46-53. Stuart explores Dacey’s concern with sexuality as a topic, especially in reference to the poems of The Man with Red Suspenders.
Wallace, Ronald. “An Air a Wound Sings.” Chowder Review 9 (1977): 93-94. Wallace’s examination of Dacey’s earlier work, couched in entirely positive terms, is useful for its assessment of Dacey’s affirmative and celebratory approach.
Wilbur, Richard. Interview by Philip Dacey. In Conversations with Richard Wilbur, edited by William Butts. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1990. The Crazy Horse interview of Wilbur, conducted in 1974 and included in this collection, proved to be influential in Dacey’s own career.