Advice from the Lights: Poems

“A book of tremendous intricacy and the best kind of recurrent music. Strung throughout are several separate yet converging poetic sequences, exploring what it means to come of age while inhabiting multiple genders and multiple selves.” —Natalie Shapero
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“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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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