Nichols, Travis. “Poetry Makes Strange Bedfellows.” Review of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry, edited by David St. John and Cole Swensen. Poets and Writers 37 (March/April, 2009): 16-17. Notes how modern poetry in its synthesis of experimental and traditional forms of poetry creates some very novel poems.
Plumly, Stanley. “Of Lyricism, Verbal Energy, the Sonnet, and Gallows Humor.” Review of The Shore. The Washington Post Book World, November 2, 1980, pp. 10-13. Poet Plumly singles out some perceived defects in several poems but in the end gives the collection high praise.
Publishers Weekly. Review of Study for the World’s Body. 241 (June 27, 1994): 66-67. Studies the use of imagery and rhythmic lines and their relation to the metaphor of dance in several of St. John’s poems, turning then to poems in which narrative, language, and imagination play a major role.
Roberts, Katrina. “David St. John’s Study for the World’s Body.” Review of Study for the World’s Body. Agni Reviews 41 (1995): 206-211. Roberts discusses St. John’s style and the cohesive elements in this collection, such as his elegiac tone and psychological realism.
Shoaf, Diann Blakely. Review of Terraces of Rain. Southern Humanities Review 27 (Winter, 1993): 93-96. Shoaf comments on St. John’s narrative skills, his Italian subjects in this collection, and his technical mastery.
Stitt, Peter. “Poets Witty and Elegiac.” Review of No Heaven. The New York Times Book Review, September 1, 1985, p. 11. Reviewing No Heaven, Stitt discusses St. John’s subjects and themes and his psychological poems.
Terris, Susan. “About David St. John.” Ploughshares 31, no. 4 (Winter, 2005/2006): 191-196. A profile of St. John that examines his life and influences.
Tillinghast, Richard. Review of Study for the World’s Body. Poetry 166 (August, 1995): 290-292. Tillinghast looks at St. John’s poems as expressions of a romantic rhapsody, comparing them to the lyrics found in songs written by rock musicians.
Torrens, James S. “Color Him Black.” Review of The Face. America 190, no. 16 (May, 2004): 23-24. Examines this work in which a writer is having a film made about his life and ends up learning about himself.