Duncan, Robert. Preface to One-Night Stand, and Other Poems, by Jack Spicer. San Francisco: Grey Fox Press, 1980. In his lengthy preface, Duncan discusses his relationship with Spicer, points to Spicer’s poetic influences, and analyzes his poetic career. In a note to this volume, the poet and editor Donald Allen surveys Spicer’s poetic theory, technique, and publishing history.
Ellingham, Lewis. Poet Be Like God: Jack Spicer and the San Francisco Renaissance. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England for Wesleyan University Press, 1998. Describes how Spicer spent most of his time disdaining the publishing world and making enemies. This portrait depicts a brilliant, difficult, and largely unlikable man whose talent for writing equaled his inability to function in the world.
Foster, Edward Halsey. Jack Spicer. Boise, Idaho: Boise State University Press, 1991. A short critical biography juxtaposing Spicer with poets in the Walt Whitman tradition.
Herndon, James. Everything as Expected. San Francisco: Author, 1973. Published by a friend of his, this short personal reminiscence of Spicer includes some photographs by Isadore Klein.
Johnston, Alastair. A Bibliography of the White Rabbit Press. Berkeley, Calif.: Poltroon Press in association with Anacapa Books, 1985. Gives the history of Bay Area publishing and discusses Spicer’s contributions to publishing history.
Spicer, Jack. The Collected Books of Jack Spicer. Edited by Robin Blaser. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1975. Blaser’s commentary provides valuable insights.