Chase Twichell Analysis

Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Along with Robin Behn, Chase Twichell (TWIH-chehl) is editor of The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach (1992), a popular collection of poets’ exercises collected from a wide variety of practicing poets who also teach creative writing. She is also editor of An Ausable Reader: A Decade of Poetry Against the Current, 1999-2008 (2008), and she translated, with Tony K. Stewart, The Lover of God (2003) by Rabindranath Tagore.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Twichell received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1987 and 1993, and from the Artists Foundation in Boston, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1990. In 1994, she won the Literature Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She won, in 1997, the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America for The Snow Watcher, and she received a Smart Family Foundation Award in 2004 for her poems published in the Yale Review.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Burt, Stephen. Review of The Ghost of Eden. Times Literary Supplement (July 7, 1995): 14. Praises the stark meditations of the book, though noting the shrillness of some poems. Compares the best favorably with Louise Glück.

Daniel, David. “About Chase Twichell.” Ploughshares 19 (Winter, 1993/1994): 214-217. Daniel includes some biographical material and describes Twichell’s poetics at that stage of her career, emphasizing her commitment to the importance of preserving nature.

Hirshfield, Jane. “Editors’ Shelf.” Ploughshares 25 (Spring, 1999): 195. As part of a series of brief reviews, poet Hirshfield recommends The Snow Watcher for its use of Zen practice blended with American language.

Olsen, William. “Lyric Detachment: Two New Books of Poetry.” Chicago Review 38 (Summer, 1991): 76-89. Olsen reviews Perdido (along with a volume by Jorie Graham) in detail, praising Twichell’s concrete imagery, which creates a sort of journey into a psychic underworld.

Twichell, Chase. “Psychopharmacology and Its Discontents.” In Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process, edited by Richard M. Berlin. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008. Twichell discusses the creative process of the poet in this collection of essays on poets and mental illness.