Belmont explores themes of adulthood, parenthood, and personhood with tenderness, intelligence, and wonder. . . . This collection, full of heart and humor, demonstrates Burt’s impressive range and formal deftness.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Close Calls With Nonsense

“For newcomers, it will be a guidebook; for experienced readers, Burt offers what may be the first concentrated statement explaining how and why we, consumers and writers of contemporary poetry, read.”
—Time Out New York
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All-Season Stephanie

All-Season Stephanie

My new chapbook All-Season Stephanie is now out and ready for you to order from the good folks at Rain Taxi, who published it! As the title implies, they are poems that show you (or show me) what my life could have been like if I had grown up as, and been seen as, a girl. Eowyn Evans did the art (Rain Taxi’s Kelly Everding deserves many thanks for the design). You can read a representative poem from the chapbook, “Esprit Stephanie,” at The...

One of the most influential poetry critics of his generation.

The New York Times

Burt finds beauty hemmed in on every side, with a fate that is never completely self-determined.

Publishers Weekly

Events

See you at AWP 2015!

See you at AWP 2015!

I’ll be happy to return temporarily to Minnesota for the Associated Writing Programs Conference (AWP) in Minneapolis, April 8-11 2015. I’m doing a few things (besides seeing friends and going to poetry readings) while I’m there. You can hear me on the offsite panel organized by the London Review of Books, at Ryan’s Pub, 1410 Nicollet, 3pm Thursday. I’ll be honored to join J. Robert Lennon, Leslie Jamison, Christian Lorentzen and Emily Cooke. You can hear me read poems at the Minnesota Expat Reading sponsored by Rain Taxi at the Walker Art Center at 6:30pm (both events are free and do not require AWP badges).I’ll be reading from my brand-new chapbook, All-Season Stephanie, as well as from various full-length books of poems. If you are coming to the convention itself (i.e. if you have a badge) please do come to our Friday morning panel (at 9am) on conflicts of interest in book reviewing, with Eric Lorberer of Rain Taxi, Karen Long of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (late of the Cleveland Plain Dealer), Rusty Morrison of Omnidawn Press, and the fiction writer Brian Evenson. I’ll be signing All-Season Stephanie at the Rain Taxi booth in the exhibit hall Friday at 10:30am, after our panel...

TEDGlobal 2013: Why People Need Poetry

Stephen Burt at TEDGlobal 2013