Robin Becker Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

As a poetry editor for the Women’s Review of Books, Robin Becker has published numerous articles reviewing scholarly works on Elizabeth Bishop. Two such articles, reviewing Bonnie Costello’s Elizabeth Bishop: Questions of Mastery (1991) and Lorrie Goldensohn’s Elizabeth Bishop: The Biography of a Poetry (1992), appeared in the Women’s Review of Books (July, 1992). Becker has published other book reviews in Belles Lettres, Boston Globe, Boston Review, and Prairie Schooner.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Robin Becker has been honored many times for her work and has achieved a reputation as one of America’s premier lesbian poets. She has received several fellowships: a Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship in Poetry (1985), a fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts (1990), and a fellowship from the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College (1995-1996). She received Lambda Literary Awards for All-American Girl and The Horse Fair. Her other literary honors include the Virginia Faulkner Prize for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner (1997), a position as visiting scholar at the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York (1998), and an invitation to serve as the William Steeple Davis Artist-in-Residence (2000-2001).


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Becker, Robin. “Robin Becker.” Interview by Rosemarie C. Sultan. In Truthtellers of the Times: Interviews with Contemporary Women Poets, edited by Janet Palmer Mullaney. Introduction by Toi Derricotte. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998. Becker discusses her life and writings and her perspective as a Jewish lesbian.

Ciuraru, Carmela. Review of The Horse Fair. The New York Times Book Review, September 24, 2000, p. 22. Ciuraru describes Becker as “honest” in describing her Judaism, complicated relationships, and unconventional sexuality, and she sees her as a poet who fearlessly confronts events and emotions. Ciuraru defines Becker’s poems as paeans to animals, lovers, and family members, who have taught her the more important lessons in life.

Frank, Allen. “Giacometti’s Dog.” Review of Giacometti’s Dog. Poet Lore 85, no. 4 (Winter, 1990/1991): 49. Frank celebrates the tenacity of Becker’s vision in this book review. He establishes the fluidity of her verse while recognizing the sometimes brutal impact of the described scenarios.

Grosholz, Emily. “Flint and Iron.” Hudson Review 53, no. 3 (Autumn, 2000): 495-505. Grosholtz compares Becker’s poetry with the “fire” created from the clashing of divergent parts of Becker’s life—the...

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