“Unpredictable yet unfailingly useful, The Poem Is You is a joyous book.” —James Longenbach, author of The Virtues of Poetry
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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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University of Chicago

University of Chicago

I’ll be at the University of Chicago for two events Tuesday Jan. 19 and Wednesday Jan. 20 2016: on Tuesday I’ll be reading poetry and talking about my (very nonscholarly) versions of Callimachus at 7pm, and on Wednesday I’ll be giving a critical talk in the History and Forms of Lyric series, at 4:30pm. The talk is called “How to Make an Anthology, or the Literary History of the Present.” If you live in Chicago perhaps I will see you...

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

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

I’ll be at the University of Chicago for two events Tuesday Jan. 19 and Wednesday Jan. 20 2016: on Tuesday I’ll be reading poetry and talking about my (very nonscholarly) versions of Callimachus at 7pm, and on Wednesday I’ll be giving a critical talk in the History and Forms of Lyric series, at 4:30pm. The talk is called “How to Make an Anthology, or the Literary History of the Present.” If you live in Chicago perhaps I will see you...

TEDGlobal 2013: Why People Need Poetry

Stephen Burt at TEDGlobal 2013