Cosentino, Christine. “‘An Affair on Uncertain Ground’: Sarah Kirsch's Poetry Volume Erlking's Daughter in the Context of Her Prose after the Wende.” Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 21, no. 1 (winter 1997): 141-60.
Cosentino analyzes Kirsch's reaction to the reunification of Germany, as reflected in her poetry in Erlkönigs Tochter and several of her post-1989 prose works.
Hulse, Michael. “Inner Emigrees: Helga M. Novak and Sarah Kirsch.” Antigonish Review 62-63 (summer-fall 1985): 223-33.
Hulse compares and contrasts the poetic voices of two female German poets, Kirsch and Helga M. Novak.
Marcus, Naomi. Review of The Panther Woman: Fives Tales from a Cassette Recorder, by Sarah Kirsch. Mother Jones 15, no. 5 (July-August 1990): 54-7.
Marcus offers a generally positive assessment of The Panther Woman: Fives Tales from a Cassette Recorder.
Post, Laura. “The Poetry of Sarah Kirsch.” Rackham Journal of the Arts and Humanities (1986): 81-94.
Post provides an overview of Kirsch's literary career and discusses her first-person poetic voice, aspects of moodiness and insecurity in her verse, and her preoccupation with love and failed relationships.
Additional coverage of Kirsch's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 178; Contemporary World Writers, Ed. 2; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 75; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth Century, Ed. 3; and Literature Resource Center.