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Citations

If you want to read what others have said about Kevin Stein's poetry and criticism, see these journals and websites.

"Stein's poems are packed - their languages colorful and richly textured, their casts of characters and bazaars of images wildly various.....His poems are chockful of intelligence and eclectic learning."

—Jim Simmerman

Feature Articles and Interviews

Reviews of Poetry's Afterlife

Reviews of Sufficiency of the Actual

Reviews of American Ghost Roses

  • C J Laity, rev. of American Ghost Roses , “Top Dog: Kevin Stein.” <chicagopoetry.com> October 26, 2007.http://chicagopoetry.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=710
  • Jean-Paul Pecqueur, rev. of American Ghost Roses , in Rain Taxi: Review of Books , Winter 2005/2006 (OnLine Edition:http://www.raintaxi.com/american-ghost-roses/
  • D. H. Tracy, “Eight Takes,” rev. of American Ghost Roses , in Poetry , Vol. 187, No. 4 (January 2006): 332-333.
  • Susan Swartwout, “Listen, Dammit, I AM the Poem, or Postmodernism’s Baby,” rev. of American Ghost Roses , in American Book Review (March/April 2006): pp. 22-23.
  • James Ballowe, rev. of American Ghost Roses , in North Dakota Quarterly 73 (Nos. 1 & 2): 277-279.
  • James A. Cox, rev. of American Ghost Roses, in Wisconsin Bookwatch, April 2005: pg.12.

Reviews of Chance Ranson

  • Jim Simmerman, rev. of Chance Ransom, in The Colorado Review 28 (Spring 2001): 157-161.
  • James Ballowe, rev. of Chance Ransom, in North Dakota Review68, (No.4 Fall 2001): 198-201.
  • Robin Travis-Murphree, rev. of Chance Ransom, online at http://www.poeticvoices.com/Reviews/0101Stein.html (January 2001).

Reviews of Bruised Paradise

  • Donald Revell, rev. of Bruised Paradise, in The Colorado Review25 (Fall 1998): 173-179.
  • Elizabeth Dodd, "Lush," rev. of Bruised Paradise, in Tar River Poetry 38, No.2 (Spring 1999): 51-53.
  • Laura Durnell, rev. of Bruised Paradise, in ACM (Another Chicago Magazine) 35: 242-244.
  • Karen Carcia, rev. of Bruised Paradise, in The Indiana Review(1997): 173-174.
  • Rev. of Bruised Paradise, in Publishers Weekly, 24 June 1996: 50.
  • Carol Quinn, rev. of Bruised Paradise, in The Missouri Review 19 (No. 3 1996): 176-77.
  • Jane Varley, rev. of Bruised Paradise, in North Dakota Quarterly65 (No. 2, 1998): 159-162.
  • Frank Allen, "Dilemmas of Communication," rev. of Bruisd Paradise, in Poet Lore 91 (No. 4 / Winter 1996): 56-9.
  • Rev. of Bruised Paradise, in Virginia Quarterly Review 73 (No. 2 / Spring 1997): 63.
  • David Castleman, rev. of Bruised Paradise, in Mandrake Poetry Review 2 (No.3, 1997): 13.
  • Rev. of Bruised ParadisePublishers Weekly ( 4 June 1996).

Reviews of A Circus of Want

  • Curt Rode, "The Gradual Dispatch of the World," rev. of A Circus of Want, in The American Book Review 16 (July/August 1994): 25-26.
  • James Harms, rev. of A Circus of Want, in Antioch Review. Summer 1994.
  • Sally Thomas, rev. of A Circus of Want, in Quarterly West, No. 36(Fifteenth Anniversary Issue/Winter 1992): 232-236.
  • Charles Guenther, "Poets of Form and Freedom," rev. of A Circus of Want, in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 25 October 1992: 120.
  • Review of A Circus of Want, in Publishers' Weekly, 10 August 1992: 66.
  • - Starred Review - Awarded books of exceptional merit

Reviews of The Figure Our Bodies Make

  • Robert Boyd, "Finding Words for Life." Review of The Figure Our Bodies MakeSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, 25 December 1988: 121.

Reviews of Private Poets, Worldly Acts

  • Review of Private Poets, Worldly Acts, in Amazon.com, October 1997.
  • - Small Press Editor’s Recommended Book 10/01/97
  • Donald Revell, rev. of Private Poets, Worldly Acts, in the Colorado Review 25 (Fall 1998): 173-179.
  • Kirk Nesset, rev. of Private Poets, Worldly Acts, in American Literature (March 1998): 210.
  • Susan Yuzna, rev. of Private Poets, Worldly Acts, in North Dakota Quarterly 65 (1998): 157-158.
  • D. Garrison, rev. of Private Poets, Worldly Acts, in Choice 34, No. 10 ( (June 1997): 1667-1668.
  • Review of Private Poets, Worldly Acts, in Christian Century (27 Aug-3 Sep 1997): 768.
  • Review of Private Poets, Worldly Acts, online at http://www.poeticvoices.com/Features/0002Stein.html

Reviews of James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man

  • R. W. Butterfield, rev. of James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man, in Cambridge Journals (England) 25, No. 3 (1992): 515-517.
  • David Galef, rev. of James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man, in American Literature (December 1989): 725-726.
  • J. Martz, rev. of James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man, in Choice (July 1989): 231.
  • Edward Lense, rev. of James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man, in Ohioana Journal 32, No. 3: 145-146.
  • Review of James Wright: The Poetry of a Grown Man, in The Book Reader 3, No. 2 (13 March 1989): 2.