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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“My 1985″ in the New Yorker

“My 1985″ in the New Yorker

I’ve got a poem called “My 1985″ in the March 23, 2015 New Yorker. You can hear me read it aloud too. You can read about some of the things and characters named in that poem here, and here and here; you can also (though I’m not sure that...

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...

TEDGlobal 2013: Why People Need Poetry

Stephen Burt at TEDGlobal 2013