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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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


TEDGlobal 2013

Why People Need Poetry

Stephen Burt at TEDGlobal 2013