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For over thirty years, Hank Lazer has published poetry in many of America’s leading literary magazines and journals. In 1992, he published Doublespace: Poems 1971-1989 ( New York: Segue), a 192 page collection of poems written in several deliberately conflicting styles. This book, which has received considerable attention, enacts essential conflicts within American literary culture. David Ignatow reads Doublespace as “a noble attempt to bridge the chasm between Language poetry and the traditional anecdotal and meditative poetry of the ‘free form’ mode.” Susan Howe claims that the book “returns to unsettle American cultural inheritance.

Also in 1992, Lazer published INTER(IR)RUPTIONS (Generator Press), ten collage-poems incorporating a wide range of layouts and materials, from baseball batting averages to critical theory, from fashion and interior design columns to neurophysiology research. In 1996, Chax Press published 3 of 10 (which includes H’s Journal, Negation, and Displayspace). In writing about 3 of 10, Marjorie Perloff claims that “Lazer’s is a bravura performance.”

In 2001, Inge Bruggeman of INK-A! Press published a fine press artist’s book Simple Harmonic Motions consisting of eight poems from Lazer’s Days, along with a CD of the author reading the poems and performing them with the Alabama Poetry Ensemble. The book won first place for artists’ books at the Northwest Bookfest. In 2002, Lavender Ink published the complete Days—a 160 page collection which is a laboratory space for experimentation with the resources and possibilities of the short line and for new modes of lyricism. Lyn Hejinian calls Days “a book filled with joy.” Norman Fischer writes that “these are beautiful—and peaceful—poems, signs of a mind and hand immediate with its materials.” Reviewing Days for Rain Taxi, Cynthia Hogue writes, “for all the play of these poems, what draws me the most to Days is the near-spiritual urgency and ethical integrity of Lazer’s poetic inquiry.”

In 2004, Salt Publishing brought out Elegies & Vacations, Lazer’s eleventh book of poetry. Linking elegies to extended journal-like meditations, the eleven poems of Elegies & Vacations are an ambitious attempt to follow Robert Duncan’s directive “to recreate the heart of poetry itself.” The central poem of the book, “Deathwatch for My Father,” tracks the poet’s father’s final months, testing the capacities of innovative poetry in the face of the death of a loved one. Ric Carfagna, reviewing Elegies & Vacations, describes it as “a unique book in its ability to speak with a pure Objectivist’s clarity as well as being suffused throughout with a lyrical, intimate tonality.” Bill Lavender, reviewing Elegies & Vacations for Big Bridge, judges the book to be “a comprehensive examination by a poet who has explored the breadth of contemporary poetics as fully as anyone writing in English today.” Elegies & Vacations was nominated for the Forward Prize.

In early 2005, Singing Horse Press published Lazer’s twelfth book of poetry, The New Spirit. “Prayer,” the first poem in this ten-poem series, received the Balch Prize for Poetry for 2003 from the Virginia Quarterly Review. Jerome Rothenberg reads The New Spirit as “a book-length prayer: a crisis in search of a resolution through language … which connects to the oldest sources of poetry.” Harryette Mullen declares that Lazer’s newest book “returns the soul and its song to their highest aspiration.” Writing for Golden Handcuffs, Donald Revell cites Thoreau’s 1852 journal entry that “the perception of beauty is a moral test,” and Revell concludes that “no poet presently writing in America has a better sense than Lazer of just what such declaration means.” Rachel Back finds The New Spirit remarkable for its ability to sound “the spiritual in a fashion that pulls from ancient traditions but is always linguistically and visually new.” The New Spirit was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Lazer has worked with jazz musicians Tom Wolfe and Chris Kozak on improvisatory jazz compositions based on The New Spirit. Lazer, Wolfe, and Kozak have performed their poetry-jazz improvisations in several concerts.

From 2001 to 2006 Lazer worked in a series of poems called Portions. All of the poems in Portions are written in an invented fifty-four word form. With outsider artist Pak, Lazer collaborated on nine poem-paintings which incorporate poems from Portions. The collaborations were exhibited at the Kentuck Gallery (October-November 2006) and formed the backdrop for a musical performance with jazz musicians Tom Wolfe, Chris Kozak, and hip-hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain. First Portions, a chapbook selected from the first year of writing Portions, is available as a free download from Ahadada Books ( Chiba, Japan) at

In May 1993, Lazer, along with poets Charles Bernstein and James Sherry, published Language Poems ( Sichuan Literature & Art Publishing House), a bilingual (Chinese-English) collection of poems, along with several essays on contemporary American experimental poetry. In conjunction with the publication of this book, Lazer traveled to China and gave readings, lectures, and discussions in Chengdu, Beijing, Nanjing, and Suzhou as part of a cultural exchange with Chinese poets, scholars, editors, and students.

For the past several years, Lazer has also presented several performance pieces. He has participated in several collaborative performances, including “GardenWorks,” a one month installation and performance with a group of seven artists in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1996, along with dancer-choreographer Cornelius Carter, Lazer co-choreographed “Cantus in Memory,” a dance piece for eight dancers, and he has performed poems from his Days series and The New Spirit with Alabama musician/poets Jake Berry and Wayne Sides.

Over the last decade, Lazer has given poetry readings and lectures at Stanford, Notre Dame, Princeton, Harvard, University of Virginia, Tulane, Columbia, Huntingdon College, the University of California at San Diego, SUNY-Buffalo, Temple, Talladega College, Walt Whitman Arts Center, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the University of Southern California, the Modern Languages Association convention, the Associate Writing Programs conference, and the University of South Alabama. In the summer of 2003, Lazer taught a poetry writing course in Madrid for the University of New Orleans’ low residency MFA program. In 2006, Lazer presented a series of talks and readings at Universidad de La Laguna and Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.

Samples of Lazer’s work can be found at The Electronic Poetry Center ( and PennSound (

In addition to his poetry, Lazer is a noted critic of modern and contemporary poetry. In 1996, Northwestern University Press published Opposing Poetries, a two volume collection (Volume 1: Issues and Institutions and Volume 2: Readings) of Lazer’s essays on contemporary poetry. For over a decade, his essays on innovative poetry, new modes of lyricism, and representations of spiritual experience have appeared in a variety of journals, including Facture, The Boston Review, Jacket, American Poetry Review, and Talisman. In 2008, Omnidawn will publish Lyric & Spirit: Selected Essays, 1996-2008. In 2007, Lazer presented a talk on Jewish Poetics for the Duffy Lecture at Notre Dame.

Lazer, born and raised in San Jose, California, received an A.B. degree in English from Stanford University; in addition, he holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Virginia. A Professor of English at the University of Alabama where he has taught since 1977, Lazer served as Assistant Dean for Humanities and Fine Arts from 1991 to 1997, and as Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Programs and Services from 1997 to 2006. He is presently the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.

Lazer's work has been nominated for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and the 2004 Forward Prize, and won the 2003 Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry from the Virginia Quarterly Review.

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The New Spirit (San Diego: Singing Horse Press, 2005; 74 pages)

Elegies & Vacations (Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2004; 144 pages)

Days (poems). New Orleans: Lavender Ink, 2002.

Simple Harmonic Motions (poems). Portland: INK-A! Press, 2001.

As It Is (poems). Boca Raton, Florida: Diaeresis Chapbooks, 1999.

Opposing Poetries: Volume One—Issues and Institutions. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1996.

Opposing Poetries: Volume Two—Readings. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1996.

Early Days of the Lang Dynasty (poems). Buffalo: Meow Press, 1996.

3 of 10: H's Journal, Negation and Displayspace (poems). Tucson: Chax Press, 1996.

Negation (poems). Tuscaloosa: Ink-A! P, 1994. (Limited edition, including audio casssette recording.)

Selected Language Poems: Charles Bernstein, Hank Lazer, and James Sherry. Trans. Yunte Huang and Zhang Ziqing. Chengdu, China: Sichuan Art and Literature Publishing House, 1993.

Doublespace: Poems 1971–1989. New York: Segue Books, 1992.

Inter(ir)ruptions (poems). Mentor: Generator P, 1992.

Books edited

Series Editor: Modern and Contemporary Poetics, University of Alabama Press. Books published: Christopher Beach (ed.), Artifice and Indeterminacy: An Anthology of New Poetics (1998); Mark Scroggins, Louis Zukofsky and the Poetry of Knowledge (1998); Rachel Blau DuPlessis and Peter Quartermain (eds.), The Objectivist Nexus: Essays in Cultural Poetics (1999); Kathleen Fraser, Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity (2000); Nathaniel Mackey, Discrepant Engagement: Dissonance, Cross-Culturality, and Experimental Writing (rpt., 2000); Lorenzo Thomas, Extraordinary Measures: Afrocentric Modernism and Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2000); Juliana Spahr, Everybody's Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (2001); Laura Hinton and Cynthia Hogue (eds.), We Who Love to Be Astonished: Experimental Women's Writing and Performance Poetics (2002); Mark Wallace and Steven Marks (eds.), Telling It Slant: Avant-Garde Poetics of the 1990s (2002); Loss Glazier, Digital Poetics: The Making of E-Poetries (2002); Rachel Back, Led by Language: The Poetry and Poetics of Susan Howe (2002); Madeline Gins and Arakawa, Architectural Body (2002); Bill Lavender (ed.), Another South: Experimental Writing in the South (2003); Michael Magee, Emancipating Pragmatism: Emerson, Jazz, and Experimental Writing (2004); Benjamin Friedlander, Simulcast: Four Experiments in Criticism (2004); Jed Rasula, Syncopations: The Stress of Innovation in Contemporary American Poetry (2004);Marjorie Perloff, Differentials: Poetry,Poetics, Pedagogy (2004); Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Integral Music: Languages of African American Innovation (2004); Peter Middleton, Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry (2005); Abigail Child, This Is Called Moving: A Critical Poetics of Film (2005); Rosmarie Waldrop, Dissonance(if you are interested) (2005); Susan M. Schultz, A Poetics of Impasse in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (2005); Brian M. Reed, Hart Crane: After His Lights (2006); Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Blue Studios: Poetry and its Cultural Work (2006); Rachel Blau DuPlessis, The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice (2006); Jerome McGann, The Point is to Change It: Poetry and Criticism in the Continuing Present (2007); C. T. Funkhouser, Perhistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995 (2007).

Articles and Essays

“Anthologies and the Changing Locations for American Experimental Poetry.” Golden Handcuffs Review 1.9 (Winter-Spring 2007-2008): 412-422.

“Antologías y cambio de localización en la poesía experimental Americana.” Nerter (Canary Islands / Spain) No. 10 (Invierno 2006-2007): 49-56. (Translation: Matilde Martín González)

 “Reflections on The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 32/33 (Summer/Fall 2006): 4-17.

“Reflections on The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry.” Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses 52 (April 2006): 23-34.

“Robert Creeley: ‘There are words….’” Golden Handcuffs Review 1.5 (Summer-Fall 2005): 226-230.

“Nice Work If You Can Get It: John Taggart’s Pastorelles.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics #28/29 (Winter 2005): 115-123.

“Epilogue: Returning to the Law-Poems.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. 29, No. 1 (2005): 61-65.

“The People’s Poetry.” (American Poetry in the 1990s and in the First Years of the 21 st Century) Boston Review Vol. 29, No. 2 (April/May 2004): 47-51. (and online:

“Meeting in the Book: Rosmarie Waldrop’s Lavish Absence: Recalling and Re-reading Edmond Jabès.” Jacket #23 (August 2003) (

“The Art and Architecture of Holding Open: The Radical Yes of Architectural Body.” Interfaces: Image Texte Language Vol. 1 No. 21/22 (December 2003): 31-40.

“Gregory Orr: Resources of the Personal Lyric.” American Poetry Review Vol. 32, No. 6 (November/December 2003): 43-51.

"Lyricism of the Swerve: The Poetry of Rae Armantrout." American Woman Poets in the 21st Century. Eds. Claudia Rankine and Juliana Spahr. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2002: 27–52.

"Remembering David Antin's 'black warrior'," The Review of Contemporary Fiction 21.1 (Spring 2001): 163–181.

"Returns: Innovative Poetry and Questions of 'Spirit,'" Facture 2 (2001): 125–152.

"Inquiry Notes: Gil Ott's The Whole Note," The Form of Our Uncertainty: A Tribute to Gil Ott, Ed. Kristen Gallagher, Tucson/Buffalo: Chax Press and Handwritten Press, 2001: 92–102.

"Hank Lazer to Fred Wah re: 'Dear Hank,'" Open Letter (Canada) 11.3 (Fall 2001): 123–130.

"New Poetry: An Innovative 'Other South.'" First Draft: The Journal of the Alabama Writers' Forum 7.1 (Spring 2000): 10–11, 27.

"Sacred Forgery and the Grounds of Poetic Archaeology: Armand Schwerner's The Tablets." Chicago Review 46.1 (2000): 142–154.

"Lyricism of the Swerve: The Poetry of Rae Armantrout." A Wild Salience: The Writing of Rae Armantrout. Ed. Tom Beckett, with Bobbie West and Robert Drake. Cleveland: Burning Press, 1999: 131–154.

"Poetry and Myth: The Scene of Writing, Thinking As Such." Mythosphere: A Journal for Image, Myth, and Symbol 1.4 (1999): 403–414.

"Kudzu Textuality: Toward a New Southern Poetry, 2." New Orleans Review 25.1&2 (August 1999): 128–138.

"The Situation of American Writing 1999." American Literary History 11.2 (Summer 1999): 301–307.

"'To Make Equality Less Drab': The Writing of Bruce Andrews." Aerial 9 (1999): 32–48.

"Education, Equality and Ethnography in Ron Silliman's The Alphabet." Quarry West 34 (1998): 68–97.

"Globalization of the Local." Boxkite: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics (Australia) 2 (August 1998): 319–326.

"American Poetry: Accounts of the Present and the Recent Past." Contemporary Literature 39: 3 (Fall 1998): 475–504.

"'Vatic Scat': Jazz and the Poetry of Robert Creeley and Nathaniel Mackey." River City: A Journal of Contemporary Culture 17.2 (Summer 1997): 100–108.

"The Lyric Valuables: Soundings, Questions, & Examples." Modern Language Studies 27.2 (Spring 1997): 25–50.

"Charles Bernstein's Dark City: Polis, Policy and the Policing of Poetry." American Poetry Review 24.5 (September/October 1995): 35–44.

"Toward a New Southern Poetry." New Orleans Review 21.2 (Summer 1995): 39–41.

"Anthologies, Poetry and Postmodernism." Contemporary Literature 36.2 (Summer 1995): 362–83.

"China, Innovative Poetics, and Translation." Co-authored with Yunte Huang. Central Park 24 (Spring 1995): 231–41.

"Thinking Made in the Mouth: The Cultural Poetics of David Antin and Jerome Rothenberg." Picturing Cultural Values in Postmodern America. Ed. William Doty. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1995. 101–39.

"Reading and Writing Ron Silliman's Demo to Ink." Lower Limit Speech 7 (1993): n. pag.

"Reading and Constructing: Joan Retallack's Errata Suite." RIF/T 2 (1994): 10 pp. Online. Internet. 31 January 1994.

"Thom Gunn's The Man with Night Sweats." Poetry East 35 (Spring 1993): 59–75.

"Thinking About It: David Antin's Selected Poems 1963–1973." Virginia Quarterly Review 69 (Spring 1993): 367–76.

"Experimentation and Politics: Contemporary Poetry and Commodity." Collection Management 16.4 (1992): 45–59.

"The Politics of Form and Poetry's Other Subjects: Reading Contemporary American Poetry." American Literary History 2.3 (Fall 1990): 503–27.

"Poetry Readings and the Contemporary Canon." American Poetry 7.2 (Winter 1990): 64–72.

"This, That or Some Other Place." Ottotole 3 (Spring 1989): 82–9.

"Blackness Blessed: the Writings of Lucille Clifton." The Southern Review 25.3 (Summer 1989): 760–70.

"Poetry and Thought: The Example of Szeslaw Milosz." The Virginia Quarterly Review 64 (Summer 1988): 449–65.

"The Dramatic Lyric and the Powers of Desire." Tar River Poetry 24 (Winter 1988): 158–9.

"That Backward-Spreading Brightness." On the Poetry of Galway Kinnell. Ed. Howard Nelson. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1987. 107–18.

"Critical Theory and Contemporary American Poetry." What is a Poet? Ed. Hank Lazer. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1987. 247–69.

"Thinking of Kenneth Burke." Pre-Text 6 (1985): 131–41.

"To Live Is to Think About It: David Ignatow's New and Collected Poems 1970–1985." Virginia Quarterly Review 62 (Summer 1986): 553–63. Excerpt Rpt. in Meaningful Differences: The Poetry and Prose of David Ignatow. Ed. Virginia Terris. U of Alabama P, 1994. 217–223.

"Criticism and the Crisis in American Poetry." The Missouri Review 9 (1986) 201–32.

"The Figure a Poem Makes: Louis Simpson's The Best Hour of the Night and People Live Here: Selected Poems 1949–1983." The Virginia Quarterly Review 60 (Autumn 1984): 739–52.

"Critical Theory and Contemporary American Poetry." The Missouri Review 7 (1984): 246–65.

"Louis Simpson and Walt Whitman: Destroying the Teacher." Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 1 (December 1983): 1–21. Rpt. in On Louis Simpson: Depths Beyond Happiness. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1988. 275–302.

"The Heart of Light: James Wright's This Journey." The Virginia Quarterly Review 59 (Autumn 1983): 711–24.

"Poetry and Politics: A Naive Approach." Poetry East (Winter 1982/Spring 1983): 125–34.

"Turning Back on the Road to the Absolute." Modern Poetry Studies 11 (1982): 164–88.

"For a Coming Extinction: A Reading of W. S. Merwin's The Lice." ELH 49 (Spring 1982): 262–85.

"The Letter-Poem." Northwest Review 19 (1981): 235–45.

"In Defense of American Poetry, 1980." The Ohio Review 24 (1980): 9–22.


"Hank Lazer." Contemporary Authors: Autobiography Series. Ed. Shelly Andrews. Vol. 27. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997. 173–197.


First Portions ( Chiba, Japan: Ahadada Books, 2008) – online chapbook, available for free download at

One Dozen Portions (Gardnerville, NV: Country Valley Press, 2007)

Deathwatch for My Father (Tucson: Chax Press, 2003)

Chapbook 1: Days 71, 74, 77, 78, 83, 84, 126. With introduction and commentary by author. (February 10, 1996). Online. Internet.

Mouth to Mouth. Charlottesville: Alderman Press, 1977. 16 pages.


"Jerome Rothenberg, An Introduction." Mythosphere: A Journal for Image, Myth, and Symbol 2.1 (1999): 49–50.

"Introduction to Myth, Myth Making and Poetry: Three Contemporary Poets' Essays and Poems." Mythosphere: A Journal for Image, Myth, and Symbol 1.4 (1999): 397–402.

To On Louis Simpson: Depths Beyond Happiness. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1988. 1–22.

To What is a Poet? Ed. Hank Lazer. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 1987. 1–10.


Review of dao de jing, Laozi, translated by Thomas Meyer. Golden Handcuffs Review, Vol. 1, No. 8 (Winter-Spring 2007): 306-310.

Review of María Sabina: Selections, edited by Jerome Rothenberg. Rain Taxi – Online Edition – Winter 2003/2004:

Review of Child-And-Rose by Gennady Aygi. Rain Taxi #32 (Vol. 8, No. 4: Winter 2003/2004): 7.

Review of My Mojave, by Donald Revell. Rain Taxi – Online Edition -Summer 2003:

Review of Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays, by James Richardson. Rain Taxi #28 (Winter 2002/2003): 45.

Review of Memory Cards & Adoption Papers, by Susan Schultz. Rain Taxi – Online Edition – Winter 2002/2003:

"Technician of the Social: Gil Ott's Public Domain." Black Warrior Review 18.1 (Fall/Winter 1991): 106–16.

"Mouth to Mouth: Douglas Messerli's Maxims from my Mother's Milk / Hymns to Him: A Dialogue." Screens and Tasted Parallels 2 (1991): 234–39.

"Interview." Ottotole 3 (Spring 1989): 90–104.

Review of My Life, by Lyn Hejinian. Archive Newsletter (Winter 1988): 31–36.

"On Gregory Orr's The Red House." The Iowa Review 12 (1981): 148–56.

"That Backward-Spreading Brightness: Galway's Kinnell's Mortal Acts, Mortal Words." Ironwood 8 (1980): 92–100.

"In Opposition Is True Friendship: Robert Hass's Praise." Black Warrior Review 6 (1980): 112–27.

"A Conversation with Allen Wier." Black Warrior Review 5 (1979): 80–88.

In The Nation, Society for the Fine Arts Review, Paper Air, Art Papers, The American Book Review, Taproot Review.


"19:00," by Alfonsina Storni (poem). Thunder Mountain Review (Summer 1982): 50.

"Portrait of Garcia Lorca," by Alfonsina Storni (poem). Blue Buildings (1980): 23–24.

"Equation," by Alfonsina Storni (poem). Sackbut Review 2 (Winter 1980): 14–15.

"Lighthouse at Night," "Grey Morning," "Street," by Alfonsina Storni (poems). Chowder Review 2 (Spring/Summer 1975): 10–12.


“Tricks,” The Journal of the Shivas Irons Society: Golf, Literature, Art #4 (2007): 16.

“Script,” from Portions. House Organ #59 (Spring 2007): unpaginated.

“Sounding,” “Account,” “Ravens,” and “Lineage,” from Portions. Eratio 7 (Spring 2006: posted May 22, 2006): .

“Robert Duncan,” from Portions. House Organ Number 53 (Winter 2006), unpaginated.

“Religion,” from Portions. Octopus #7 (Winter 2006 – posted Jan. 11, 2006):

“Tilt” and “Betroth,” from Portions. Colorado Review XXXIII / 3 (Fall/Winter 2006): 91-92.

“Humid” – collaboration: poem/painting, with Pak. Apocryphaltext Vol. 1, No. 3 (December 2005): .

“Here” and “So,” from Portions. Boston Review Vol. 31, No. 5 (September/October 2005): 58.

“Questions,” “Bob,” and “Thud,” from Portions. H_NGM_N #4 (October 2005):

“Place” and “Absolute,” from Portions. Talisman #30/31 (Fall 2005): 17-20.

“Adjust,” “Torah,” “Sweet,” “Ground,” “Dissolves,” “War,” “Wake,” “Turning,” “Pharaoh,” “Dawning,” “Sustain,” from Portions. Golden Handcuffs Review 1.5 (Summer-Fall 2005): 119-127.

“Shem” and “First,” from Portions. 1913 #2 (2005): 30.

“W,” from Portions. Meena #1 (2005, in English and in Arabic): 52-53.

“Invitation,” “Doing,” “Spokes,” “Parts,” from Portions. The Canary #4 (2005): 68-71.

“Blank,” “Hands,” “Passage,” “Put,” “Business,” “Thought,” from Portions.

Argotist Online ( Liverpool, UK: posted 4/6/2005):

 “9” (from The New Spirit). Golden Handcuffs 1.4 (Winter/Spring 2004-2005): 133-135.

“Inhuman.” YAWP 1 (November 2004): 37.

 “Sense,” “Slow,” “Peace,” “Graces” from Portions. Hambone 17 (Fall 2004): 184-187.

 “6/22/96: First Hearing,” “ 6/12/99.” Boxkite: A Journal of Writing and Poetics ( Australia), Number 3 / 4 (2004): 234-237.

“Surge,” “Measuring,” “And” from Portions. tin lustre mobile 4. 4 (posted August 1, 2004):

“It” (illustrated). Fell Swoop 71 (July 2004). Unpaginated.

“ Peninsula,” “Falls,” “Edge,” from Portions. Colorado Review 31.1 (Spring 2004): 135-137.

“Off.” Bayou 42 (Winter 2004): 9.

“Dream.” Interfaces 21/22, Volume 1 (Dec 2003): 39.

“Light,” “Day,” from Portions. Muse Apprentice Guild (m a g) #4 (Fall 2003 – posted September 1, 2003):

“Prayer” from The New Spirit. Virginia Quarterly Review 79.3 (Summer 2003): 512-513. Emily Clark Balch Prize 2003

“Collateral,” “Untenable,” from Portions. UR VOX 3 (2003): 86-87.

“Turn,” “Something,” “Fell,” from Portions. Muse Apprentice Guild (m. a. g.), Spring 2003 (posted May 20, 2003):

“Fact,” “Turn,” from Portions, illustrations by Alan Lazer. Fell Swoop #65 (spring 2003, unpaginated).

“Avant,” “Mind,” from Portions. Eratio Issue 1 (Spring 2003: posted 4/7/03):

“DE UM NAT” and “Sunyata Sonata.” muse apprentice guild (Winter 2003 / posted 2/6/03):

“Humid,” “Vocables,” “Bear,” “Simple,” “Early,” from Portions. Cauldron & Net Vol. 4 (Autumn 2002: posted 11/16/2002) :

“Turn,” “Meter,” “Awake,” “Here” from Portions. The Muse Apprentice Guild (m. a. g.) Vol. 1 No. 1 (October 2002: posted 10/02/2002):

“Take,” “Lasting,” “Portal,” “Ignition,” from Portions. moria: a journal of poetry and poetics 5.2 (Fall 2002: posted 9/3/2002):

“Shift,” “Stillness,” “Track,” from Portions. Ixnay #8 (Spring/Summer 2002, unpaginated).

“teshuvah: heading south,” from The New Spirit. Facture #3 (2002): 195-203.

"Turn," "Meter," "Awake," and "Here," from Portions. muse apprentice guild 1:1 (October 2002).

"Take," "Lasting," "Portal," and "Ignition," from Portions. Moria 5:1 (Fall 2002).

"Shift,""Stillness,""Track." Ixnay 8 (Spring/Summer 2002): n. pag.

"teshuvah: heading south" (from The New Spirit). Facture 3 (2002): 195–203.

"if given a life" [3 sections from"Invocation" from The New Spirit], POG2: The Second Anthology of Writers and Artists Appearing in Events Sponsored by POG, (Tucson: POG, 2001): 12–13.

"Days 99, 110, 155, 156, 183, and Working Notes." 6ix 7/8 (2001): 72–76.

"Days 2, 4, 8, 14." 5__Trope [electronic journal: February 2, 2001].

"Days 61 and 76." Fell Swoop 54 (Fall 2000): n. pag.

"Days 179, 180." Can We Have Our Ball Back? 3 [electronic journal: November 15, 2000].

"Suite Quintet for Nathaniel Mackey." Callaloo 23.2 (2000): 670–673.

"Days 194, 205, 223, 231." CrossConnect: Writers of the Information Age (2000): 91–92.

"Book Arts,""Days 111, 114, 120, 134, 138, 149, 151, 175, 213." Salt (Australia/England) 12 (2000): 307–318.

"Four for Larry Eigner (Days 105, 106, 107, 108)." Hambone 15 (2000): 36–39.

"Days 145." House Organ 25 (Winter 1999): n. pag.

"Days 148, 194, 205, 219, 223, 231." CrossConnect 5.1 [electronic journal: November 1999].

From "Diamond Head." Tinfish 9 (2000): 21–24.

"Poesis," "Days 189, 198, 222, 225." Facture 1 (2000): 14–18.

"Days 7, 31, 57." lower limit speech 14 (2000): n. pag.

"Days 78, 152, 204, 215, 234." ixnay 3 (fall/winter 1999): n. pag.

"Days 33, 41, 52, 54, 55, 59." Mythosphere 1.4 (1999): 415–416.

"3/8/97," "6/7/97," "to what are we ancestral," "3/14/98," "Gay, Dixie," "Days 60, 65, 73, 80, 153, 166, 177, 185," "For Lorenzo Thomas." New Orleans Review 25.1&2 (August 1999): 15–23.

From "The Abacos." XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics 4 (1999): 93–97.

"Days 145." House Organ 25 (Winter 1999): n. pag.

"A Spiritual," "For John Cage."Chicago Review 44.3&4: (1998): 51–53.

"Poet in Maine," "Days 136, 137." Inscape 2 (Summer 1998): n. pag.

"MUMS," and "Days 79, 117, 135." Deluxe Rubber Chicken 1 (May 1998). Online.

"Days 90, 91, 93, 94, 97, 98."Washington Review (Spring 1998). Online.

"Days 3, 39, 72, 75, 82, 87."Virginia Quarterly Review 73.3 (Summer 1997): 479–481.

"Days 24, 56, 88, 128, 173, 176, 199, 201." Rampike (Canada) 8.2 (Summer 1997): 40–41.

"Days 167, 168, 169." Boxkite: A Journal of Poetry and Poetics (Australia) 1 (1997): 247.

"Portrait." Hambone 13 (Spring 1997): 13–15.

"Days 47, 48, 50, 64." Alterran Poetry Assemblage (December 1996). Online.

"Days 5, 25, 42, 44." River City 16.2 (Summer 1996): 129–132.

"Days 6, 103, 113." TINFISH 2 (February 1996): 26.

"Days 115, 116, 118." Antenym 9 (1996): 19, 28, 49.

"Days 206, 209, 209." The Experioddicist 11 (January 1996). Online.

"Days 9, 10, 11, 12, 13." Talisman 15 (Winter 1995/96): 100–101.

"Days 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164." The Experioddicist 10 (November 1995). Online.

"Days 18, 19, 20, 37, 38, 39." The Experioddicist 5 (February 1995). Online.

"Displayspace 4." New Orleans Review 21.2 (Summer 1995): 58–61.

"Redirect." Juxta 3 (January 1995): n. pag. Online.

"Days: 10 Poems." Chapbook extension. RIF/T 5 (Summer 1995).Online ( July 1995.

"H's Journal III" and "Placements 4." The Art of Practice: 45 Contemporary Poets. Ed. Dennis Barone and Peter Ganick. Elmwood:Potes and Poets Press, 1994. 205–09.

"David's 80th." For David Ignatow: An Anthology. East Hampton & Sag Harbor: Guild Hall / Canio's Editions, 1994. 30–32.

"Displayspace 9." Salon 1 (April 1994): 5.

"Negation 3," "Negation 5," "Negation 6." RIF/T 2 (Fall 1993). Online.

"Section Four from Displayspace 7." Nexus 28 (Spring/Summer 1993): 117.

"Negation 2." Poetry USA 25/26 (1993): 27.

"Six Poems." Thiker Review II (Summer 1992): 355–66.

"H's Journal VI." 6ix 2.2 (1992): 18–19.

"Beauties and Beasts: Issues of Aesthetics." Art Papers 16.5 (September/October 1992): 35–36.

"Displayspace 10." Central Park 19/20 (Spring/Fall 1991): 209–13.

"Law-Poems 1: Widow-Shadow-Meadow" and "Law Poems 4: In the Public Interest." Stanford Humanities Review 1.2& 3 (Fall/Winter 1990): 5–9, 180–83.

"Inter(ir)ruptions 3." Tyuonyi 6/7 (1990): 141–42.

"Law Poems 5: Be So Determined." Central Park 16 (Fall 1989): 107–10.

"Law Poems 7: Catch of the Day." Aerial 5 (1989): 86–90.

"Five Small Stories Beginning with Today." The Southern Review. 25.2 (Spring 1989): 491–93.

"Compositions 6." Asylum. 5.3 (1989): 17.

"Compositions 2," and "Compositions 18." Temblor 10 (1989): 158–59.

"Compositions 10." Screens and Tested Parallels 1 (1989): 38.

"Placements 3" and "Placements 5." Sequoia. 33.1 (Summer 1989): 16–17.

"Negation 9." Central Park 15 (Spring 1989): 56–58.

"Not My Own Life." The Virginia Quarterly Review 65.3 (Summer 1989): 445–49.

"Inter(ir)ruptions 1" and Inter(ir)ruptions 2." Generator 3 (1989): 50–51.

"Displaysapce 1." Temblor 8 (1988): 91–94.

"The Hang of Telling Time," "Lars and Mary's Daughter," "Harold," "Lighting the Room," "Sonia in Santa Rose," and "Stories." San Jose Studies XIV (Spring 1988): 99–111.

"Leaving Charlottesville" and "Number Theory." The Southern Review 24 (Winter 1988): 1958–59.

"1616 Hester Avenue." Wooster Review (1985): 17–18.

"Serristori's David." Midstream 31.8 (October 1985): 23.

"For Claes Oldenberg." The Literary Review 28 (Fall 1984): 124–25.

"Visit." National Forum 64 (Summer 1984): 18.

"Deathwatch for My Father's Father" and "Azaleas." Webster Review 9 (Spring 1984): 70–71.

"1463 Hanchett Avenue." Shirim 3 (March 1984): 24–25.

"Bar Mitzvah." Jewish Frontier 51 (January 1984): 12.

"Kerensky." Jewish Frontier 50 (December 1983): 6. Rpt. in Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry, 1985. Ed. Alan F. Pater. Palm Springs: Monitor Book Company. 18.

"Family Military History." Jewish Frontier 50 (August/September 1983): 21.

"Certain Shirts." Poetry East 11 (Summer 1983): 38.

"Seven Poems." San Jose Studies 9 (Fall 1983): 5–15.

"The Rose Garden." Virginia Quarterly Review 59 (Summer 1983): 445–51.

"Song: Memory," "The Passage of a Day," "Scratch Pads." Skyline (Winter 1981): 29–30.

"July 21," "July 4," "1610 Hester Avenue." San Jose Studies 6 (November 1980): 48–52.

"The Rules," "The Story of Rudoy's Life." Webster Review (Fall 1980): 47–49.

"It So Happens," "The Gaunt One Dreamed," "Types and Opposites of Flight," "The Well."Boundary 2 (Winter 1980): 319–23.

"This One." Poetry East 1 (1980): 5.

"The History of His Laugh," "Psychology of the Washer." Wormwood Review 77 (1980): 5.

"Appraising the Property," "May 18." Baltic Avenue Poetry Journal 2 (Spring 1980): 2–3.

"Song: The Field." Blue Building 1 (1979): 10.

"February 10." Blue Ridge Review 2 (Summer 1979): 42.

"The Job, "Clean Clothes," "Smart Lady." Poetry Now 4.22 (1979): 33.

"But Then." The Nation 27 (September 9, 1978): 214.

"Visiting My Grandparents," "Sandbridge Graveyard in December." Window 6–7 (1978): 41–43.

"Vulture." Virginia Quarterly Review 53 (Autumn 1977): 727–28.

"Early American History." Three Rivers Poetry Journal 10 (1977): 41.

"Sunday Drive." Poetry Now 3.15–18 (1977): 112.

"Letting the Fence Fall," "Instead of Waiting." Virginia Quarterly Review 53 (Spring 1977): 331–32.

"Sidewalk in Jan Jose," "All I Have Wanted," "Manya." Bachy 7 (1976): 64.

"That Annoying Day," "Sound of the Whistling Swan." The Falcon 6 (Winter 1975): 65–67.

"Migration," "Portola State Park." Big Moon (No. 4): 46.

"In the Shadows," "In Defense of Fire." Greenfield Review 4 (Fall 1975): 28–29.

"Mouth to Mouth," "Fixing the Antenna," "Each Time You Forget." The Nation 221 (September 13, 1975): 218.

"Point Sur," "Ode to Vowels." Virginia Quarterly Review 51 (Summer 1975): 412–15. "Point Sur" rpt. in Patterns of Cultural Identity (Instructor Manual). Ed. Rebecca Oxford. Boston: Heinle & Heinle, 1995. 48–49.

"January 1, 1975." Puddingstone 2 (No. 3): 26.

"Poem for the State Flower of California." Chowder Review 1 (No. 3): 15.

"Locating the Cricket Sound." Twigs 10 (No. 2): 43.

""The Butcher and His Wife." The Ark River Review 2 (No. 4): 17.

"For Cesar Vallejo." West Coast Poetry Review 3.11 (Spring 1974): 55.

"In the Depth of the Stream." Three River Poetry Journal 3.4 (1974): 10–11.

"XXVII." Cimarron Review 26 (January 1974): 55.

"XXII," "XXVIII." Tautara 11 (Winter 1973): 61–62.

"The Woman Is Perfected." Westigan Review of Poetry 2.8 (1973): 20.

"Inward Ear." Cimarron Review 23 (April 1973): 56.

Poems in Anthologies

“Banjo,” Whatever Remembers Us: An Anthology of Alabama Poetry. Ed. Sue Brannan Walker and J. William Chambers. ( Mobile: Negative Capability Press, 2007): 127.

“Adjust” and “Avant,” from Portions. Blackbird on Your Shoulder: Stories and Other Truths from the South (Curated by Lisa Alembik, Agnes Scott College, The Dalton Gallery, Oct-Nov 2006): 66-67.

Contributor to “Blue Poets in a Red State,” linked verse (group poem), Big Bridge Volume 3, No. 3, 2006.

“if given a life” [3 sections from “Invocation,” poem #4 from The New Spirit], POG2: Second Anthology of Writers and Artists Appearing in Events Sponsored by POG ( Tucson: POG, 2001): 12-13.

From The New Spirit: #7: “teshuvah: heading south” and “8” in Another South: Experimental Writing in the South, ed. Bill Lavender ( Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2003): 100-110.

Special issues

Law-Poems, Commentary, and Epilogue.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. XXIX, No. 1 (2005): 1-65. Law-Poems (re-print; first published in Doublespace: Poems 1971-1989 [ New York: Segue, 1992]): 1-33. Commentary on Law-Poems by Phil Beidler, Wythe Holt, Joseph Hornsby, Yunte Huang, Michael Martone, Glenn Mott, D. H. Swearingen: 35-60. Epilogue: Returning to the “Law-Poems,” by Hank Lazer: 61-65.

Prizes, Awards, Honors

The Joseph P. Duffy Lecture – University of Notre Dame, November 14, 2007

The New Spirit, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, 2005

Elegies & Vacations, nominated for the 2004 Forward Prize (UK)

Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, 2003

Reviews/Essays About Hank Lazer's Writing

Russell Helms. Review of The New Spirit. First Draft: The Journal of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Fall 2005): 32.

Rachel Back. “On Prayer, Poetry and Song: A Review of Hank Lazer’s The New Spirit and selections from Portions.” Golden Handcuffs Review 1.5 (Summer-Fall 2005): 128-134.

Donald Revell. “Hank Lazer: An Eye for Miracles.” Golden Handcuffs Review 1.5 (Summer-Fall 2005): 135-137.

Lissa Wolsak. “Time of Useful Consciousness: An Experiential Reading of The New Spirit.” H_NGM_N #4 (October 2005):

William Doty. “Gathering, Thinking, Spirit: A Review-Essay on Hank Lazer’s The New Spirit.” Literature and Theology, Vol. 19, No. 4 (2005): 402-407. (Online October 17, 2005)

Norman Fischer. “About a Poem: Norman Fischer on ‘Deathwatch for My Father.’” Shambhala Sun: Buddhism Culture Meditation Life, Vol. 13, No. 5 (May 2005): 104.

Joshua Corey. Review of Elegies & Vacations. Boston Review Vol. 30, No. 2 (April/May 2005): 54.

Norman Fischer. Review of Elegies & Vacations. Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics #28/29 (Winter 2005): 168-169.

Phil Beidler. “On the Law/Language Poems.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. 29, No. 1 (2005): 35-38.

Wythe Holt. “Thoughts on Hank Lazer’s Law-Poems.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. 29, No. 1 (2005): 39-42.

Joseph Hornsby. “Reading Hank Lazer’s Law-Poems.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. 29, No. 1 (2005): 43-45.

Yunte Huang. “Poetic Wisdom.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. 29, No. 1 (2005): 47-48.

Michael Martone. “Walls of Words.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. 29, No. 1 (2005): 49-50.

Glenn Mott. “Hank Lazer’s Law-Poems.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. 29, No. 1 (2005): 51-58.

D. H. Swearingen. “On Hank Lazer.” Legal Studies Forum Vol. 29, No. 1 (2005): 59-60.

John Couth. Review of Elegies & Vacations. ShearsmanMagazine #60 ( UK) (August 2004):

Paul Rowland. “Buddhist Sheet Music.” Review of Elegies & Vacations. Stride Magazine ( UK) (April 2004):

Charles Borkhuis. Review of Elegies & Vacations. First Intensity: A Magazine of New Writing #19 (Fall 2004): 215-217.

Russell Helms. Review of Elegies & Vacations. First Draft: The Journal of the Alabama Writers’ Forum, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Fall 2004): 15-16.

Bill Lavender. Review of Elegies & Vacations. Big Bridge: Issue #10 – Volume 3, No. 2 (2004):

Ric Carfagna. Review of Elegies & Vacations. tin lustre mobile (August 2004):

Geraldine McKenzie. Review of Days. Jacket #21 (February 2003):

Mark Wallace. “Opposing Poetry? Language Poetry and the Academy in Hank Lazer’s Opposing Poetries.” Verse Vol. 19, Nos. 1 & 2 (2002): 146-164.

Lance Phillips. Here Comes Everybody: Writers on Writing, June 14, 2005.

Chris Mansell. Interview with Hank Lazer, posted March 22, 2005:

Review of María Sabina: Selections, edited by Jerome Rothenberg. Rain Taxi Winter 2003/2004.

Review of Child-And-Rose by Gennady Aygi. Rain Taxi #32 Vol. 8, No. 4: Winter 2003/2004: 7.

Review of My Mojave, by Donald Revell. Rain Taxi Summer 2003.

Review of Vectors: Aphorisms and Ten-Second Essays, by James Richardson. Rain Taxi #28 (Winter 2002/2003): 45.

Review of Memory Cards & Adoption Papers, by Susan Schultz. Rain Taxi (online) Winter 2002/2003:

Jon Berry. Review of Days. Alabama Alumni Magazine September 2002: 33–34.

Cynthia Hogue. Review of Days. Online edition of Rain Taxi Summer 2002.

Alicia Askenase. "Some Notes on Hank Lazer's Note." (Review of Days.) poppycock 1 (Summer 2002): 8–9.

Jim Leftwich. "Some Thoughts on a Few Notes." (Essay in response to my essay "Returns: Innovative Poetry and Questions of 'Spirit.'") xtant 2 (2002): 181–186.

Michael Basinski. Review of 3 of 10. Basinski: A Zine of the Arths 2 (March 1999): 1–4.

Paul Naylor. Review of Early Days of the Lang Dynasty. Boxkite: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics (Australia) 2 (August 1998): 331–333.

Marjorie Perloff. "Triplespace." (essay-review on 3 of 10; Early Days of the Lang Dynasty; and Doublespace: Poems 1971–1989) Virginia Quarterly Review 74.2 (Spring 1998): 380–390.

Michael Basinski. Review of 3 of 10. Basinski: a zine of the arths 1 (May 1998): n. pag.

Pam Kingsbury. Review of 3 of 10 and Early Days of the Lang Dynasty. First Draft: The Journal of The Alabama Writers' Forum. 5.1 (Spring 1998): 14.

Christopher Beach. "Making Poetry Matter." (essay-review of Opposing Poetries) Contemporary Literature 39.4 (Winter 1998): 669–674.

Peter O'Leary. Review of Opposing Poetries. Chicago Review 44.1 (1998): 130–133.

Alan Golding. Review of Doublespace: Poems 1971–1989. Sulfur 32 (1993): 326–327.

Lynn Domina. Review of Doublespace: Poems 1971–1989. Northwest Review 31.1: 111–115.

Richard Silberg. "Abutments." (essay-review of Doublespace: Poems 1971–1989) Poetry Flash 235 (October 1992): 1, 4–7.

James Kenny. Review of Doublespace. Alabama Alumni Magazine 72.6 (October-November 1992): 32.

Unsigned/anonymous review of Doublespace. Virginia Quarterly Review 68.4 (Autumn 1992): 135.


The Argotist Online – Hank Lazer Interview, by Jeffrey Side – posted 2/5/06:

1913: A Journal of Forms #2 (2005) – Interview with Hank Lazer by Scott Inguito: 25-29.

Lance Phillips: Here Comes Everybody: Writers on Writing, posted June 14, 2005:

Chris Mansell: Interview with Hank Lazer, posted March 22, 2005:


Pak (James Nichols) – Nine poem-painting collaborations: Avant, Awake, Book, Dream, Edge, House, Humid, Script, Something. Exhibited at Kentuck Gallery ( Northport, Alabama) October-November 2006.