Brunner, Edward. “From Deep Space: The Poetry of Robert Dana.” Iowa Review 22, no. 3 (1992): 115-134. Indispensable overview of Dana’s verse that traces its evolution from early Formalist verse and minimalist experiments. Particularly focused on Dana’s strategy for violating the poet’s profound isolation by offering art itself as mediating terrain. Close readings of several key Dana poems.
Dana, Robert. “’Better to Go in Rags’: An Interview with Robert Dana.” Interview by Sara Pennington. Chattahoochee Review 27, no. 2 (Winter, 2007): 12-20. Dana responds to critical reaction to The Morning of the Red Admirals. He explains why he risks writing poems that deviate stylistically from his previous works. “Better to go in rags” is a line from “Spindrift,” a poem in The Morning of the Red Admirals, in which Dana criticizes the commercialization of poetry.
_______. “An Interview with Robert Dana.” Interview by Lowell Jaeger. Poets and Writers (July/August, 1991): 13-21. Revealing discussion centering on Dana’s sense of language and his place in twentieth century poetics. Contains candid biographical information.
_______. “Unleashing the Comic Muse: An Interview with Robert Dana.” Interview by Guy Lebeda. Weber Studies: Voices and Viewpoints of the Contemporary West 22, no. 3 (2006): 2-13. Dana discusses his disappointment that critics often do not recognize or simply ignore humorous and satiric elements of his poetry, including poems in The Morning of the Red Admirals. Comments regarding educational and publishing experiences that shaped his style and explains duties associated with being named Iowa poet laureate.
Holinger, Richard. “Transcendental Bouquet.” Review of Yes, Everything. Iowa Review 25, no. 3 (1995): 168-171. Explores Dana’s Buddhist sense of the connectedness of everything and the beauty in the mundane. Places him within the transcendentalist school of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.
Low, Denise. “A Morning Free of Measure.” Review of The Morning of the Red Admirals. Kansas City Star, August 8, 2004, p. 6. Former Kansas poet laureate Low praises Dana’s use of language, specifically classical and Old English vocabulary, and a butterfly metaphor to represent changes in his approach to writing poems. Examines the effectiveness of Dana’s shift in style and structure in this collection’s second and third parts.