Elledge, Jim, ed. Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994. This anthology presents a collection of poems that use rock and roll as source material. Elledge includes Wojahn’s comments about the poems collected here. Included are “Buddy Holly” (Icehouse Lights), “Song of the Burning” (Glassworks), and “W. C. W. Watching Presley’s Second Appearance on ’The Ed Sullivan Show’” (Mystery Train).
Jauss, David. “To Become Music or Break: Lynda Hull as an Undergraduate.” Crazyhorse 55 (Winter, 1998). A poignant essay discussing the poetry of Lynda Hull, Wojahn’s deceased wife. Written by one of her teachers, the essay discusses Wojahn’s influence on her poetry. Both men were her instructors at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Rogoff, Jay. “Better Poetry Through Chemistry.” Review of Interrogation Palace. Southern Review 43, no. 2 (Spring, 2007): 451-462. Refers to an essay by T. S. Eliot in his description of Wojahn’s ability to combine disparate narratives in his poetry. Traces the poet’s development through his collections, with reference to this technique.
Stein, Kevin. “Manipulating Cultural Assumptions: Transgressions and Obedience in David Wojahn’s Rock ’n’ Roll Sonnets.” In Private Poets, Worldly Acts. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1997. Presents a cogent analysis of Wojahn’s use of rock and roll, especially how he deals with the cultural assumptions against which the poems work.
Wojahn, David. “How Do You Bottle the Lightning?” Interview by Anna Journey. Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts 22, no. 1 (Winter/Spring, 2010). An in-depth and very informative interview with Wojahn conducted at Wojahn’s home in July, 2008.
_______. “’If You Have to Be Sure Don’t Write’: Poetry and Self-Doubt.” In Words Overflown by Stars: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. Program, edited by David Jauss. Cincinnati, Ohio: Writers Digest Books, 2009. In an essay designed for writers, Wojahn discusses the composition of poetry and the necessary mind-set.
_______. “An Interview with David Wojahn.” Interview by Jonathan Veitch. Contemporary Literature 36, no. 3 (Fall, 1995): 393-411. Wojahn comments on the influences that have shaped his poems. He notes his love for poets such as James Wright and Richard Hugo and his interest in family history, especially the way the mind works to remember events and details.