Christensen, Paul. “The Resurrection of Pan.” Southwest Review 78, no. 4 (1993): 506-528. A close reading of The Flowers of Unceasing Coincidence in the context of the fascination with paganism in modern poetry. Illustrates the influences of Ezra Pound and Charles Olson on Kelly’s poetry.
Kelly, Robert. “Nothing but Doors: An Interview with Robert Kelly.” Interview by Dennis Barne. Credences, n.s. 3 (Fall, 1985): 100-122. This interview focuses on Kelly’s involvement with the periodicals Chelsea, Trobar, and Maller. Kelly comments on many of his contemporaries, their work, and the influences that shaped his own verse and thought. Gives a good portrait of the poet’s career and personality.
_______. “Robert Kelly.” Interview by Barry Alpert. Vort 2, no. 2 (1974). A long and detailed interview in which Kelly touches on his life, his influences, fellow poets, and many other topics.
_______. “Robert Kelly.” Interview by David Ossman. In The Sullen Art, edited by Ossman. New York: Corinth Books, 1963. Kelly examines his notions on what poetry is and how it works. From his position as editor of the poetry magazine Trobar, he discusses other poets, but for the most part, he focuses on his thoughts regarding his own work in relation to that of his contemporaries.
_______. “Twenty Questions for Robert Kelly.” Interview by Clayton Eshleman. American Poetry Review 37, no. 1 (January/February, 2008): 33-39. Kelly discusses “his belief that poetry must be connected to the world by the poet and the reader,” “how a significant loss of body weight affected his outlook and self-perception,” and his depiction of women in his poems, among other topics.
Rasula, Jed. “Robert Kelly: A Checklist.” Credences, n.s. 3 (Spring, 1984): 91-124. Books, pamphlets, broadsides, separate publications, and contributions to books and periodicals make up this list of works by Kelly. An excellent source showing the considerable extent of Kelly’s output.
_______. “Ten Different Fruits on One Different Tree: Reading Robert Kelly.” Credences, n.s. 3 (Spring, 1984): 127-175. A review of Kelly’s career, and a publishing history that sorts through and presents the scope of the poet’s works. Helpful parts of this guide are a list of select poems to introduce the novice to Kelly’s verse, a discussion and chronology of the longer poems, analyses of several books (Finding the Measure, The Loom), and a look at Kelly’s craft as a formalist.
Vort 5 (1974). This special issue dedicated to Kelly predates the publication of The Loom. Contains critical appraisals and personal tributes to Kelly.