Axelrod, Rise B., and Steven Gould Axelrod. “Amy Gerstler’s Rhetoric of Marriage.” Twentieth Century Literature 50, no. 1 (Spring, 2004): 88-105. Examines the theme of marriage in Gerstler’s poetry and offers a close reading of some of her marriage poems. Posits that Gerstler’s continued theme is to undermine patriarchal conceptions of marriage.
Gerstler, Amy. “Amy Gerstler’s Message: Be Not Afraid.” Interview by Dinah Lenny. Los Angeles Times, September 27, 2009, p. E6. Gives an overview of the poet’s views on poetry, as well as pertinent biographical information and anecdotes about the poet. Also offers comments on Gerstler’s inspirations and her need to write poetry.
Kirby, David. “Animal Planet.” Review of Dearest Creature. The New York Times, November 5, 2009, p. BR6. Poet Kirby offers some critical analysis of the work, including the poem “For My Niece Sidney, Age Six.” Also focuses on the animals that Gerstler uses in the volume.
Robbins, Amy Moorman. “Amy Gerstler.” In Contemporary American Women Poets: An A-to-Z Guide, edited by Catherine Cucinella. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002. Gives a brief biographical sketch of Gerstler and some critical commentary on some of her most important work, including Bitter Angel. Also provides an excellent bibliography for those interested.
Schlegel, Eva, et al., eds. L.A. Women. New York: Distributed Art Publishers, 2006. Contains a brief biography of Gerstler.