Wood writes essays on a wide range of poetry. These are informed by sociology, philosophy and history, and address issues such as lineage, field, innovation, material and ideology. In 2015, he wrote 20 columns for Cultural Weekly. For examples of his essays click on the links below:

The New Reality | Language Barriers | Cruel Buffoonery

At present he is at work on a book length manuscript of short essays that discuss the state of contemporary poetry in Australia. These play with the form of the poetics essay and have elements of short story, letter and interview.