Boruch, Marianne. “No Perimeters.” Review of Streamers. American Poetry Review 18 (March/April, 1989): 41-43. Boruch applauds McPherson’s sense of discovery and surprise. Discusses “Fringecups” and “The Feather,” analyzing McPherson’s deliberate manner of coming to realizations. Finishes with a declaration that, like those of William Carlos Williams, McPherson’s poems are rare because they do not compromise.
Brown-Davidson, Terri. “The Belabored Scene, the Subtlest Detail: How Craft Affects Heat in the Poetry of Sharon Olds and Sandra McPherson.” Hollins Critic 29, no. 1 (1992). Discusses the relationship between passion and technique in the two poets’ work.
Jackson, Richard. Review of Patron Happiness. Prairie Schooner 59 (Winter, 1985): 109-116. Jackson’s review is a positive one. He sees Patron Happiness as recording a romantic journey toward personal identity.
McPherson, Sandra. “Dialogue with Sandra McPherson.” Interview by Cecilia Hagen. Northwest Review 20, nos. 2/3 (1982): 29-55. McPherson discusses her intuitive closeness to nature, her writing styles, contemporary poets, world and national history, politics, feminism, liberalism, her travels, and her first three books of poems.
_______. “An Interview with Sandra McPherson.” Interview by Karla Hammond. American Poetry Review 10, no. 5 (1981). Gives information about McPherson’s earlier work.
Matson, Suzanne. “Flowery Codes: Sandra McPherson’s Poetics of Gender and Naturalism.” Denver Quarterly 28, no. 2 (Fall, 1993). Applies contemporary gender theory to McPherson’s work.
VanStavern, Jan. “A Junction of Amends: Sandra McPherson’s Poetics of Adoption.” In Imagining Adoption: Essays on Literature and Culture, edited by Marianne Novy. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001. VanStavern explores the meanings of adoption in the poetry of McPherson.
Young, David. “Sandra McPherson.” In The Longman Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, edited by Stuart Friebert and David Young. 2d ed. New York: Longman, 1989. One of the best, most insightful pieces written about McPherson. Young commends the intricacies of her poems, as well as her imaginative and specific manner of observation. Discusses “Gnawing the Breast,” “Games,” “The Museum of the Second Creation,” “Resigning from a Job in the Defense Industry,” and “A Coconut for Katerina.”