Advice from the Lights: Poems

“Burt mines a nearly limitless store of empathy, lending voices to living things and inanimate objects alike. . . . Burt’s poems are never less than compassionate.”

Library Journal, Starred Review

Book Cover for Belmont: Poems by Stephen BurtBelmont: Poems

“Burt, the finest critic of his generation, has struck out on his own. It is time now to celebrate Burt’s other real work.”

—Lucie Brock-Broido

The Forms of Youth by Stephen Burt book coverThe Forms of Youth

Twentieth-Century Poetry and Adolescence


Close Calls With Nonsense by Stephen BurtClose Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry

“In clear, conversational prose, Stephen Burt unties knotty contemporary poetry in Close Calls With Nonsense: Reading New Poetry, suggesting ways to read poems about ‘what matters in life.’ Burt makes you want to run out to a bookstore to get in on the excitement he conveys throughout this book.”

—Entertainment Weekly


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“In poems that are personal in their distrust of constructions of gendered self, dazzling in their speed of association, and masterful in their orchestration of an insistently ebullient music, Stephen Burt pulls the cork from a new century. Burt’s spicy, heuristic mix of high-literary and sub-pop culture requires a new reader. My dear, it is you.

—Forrest Gander, author of Science & Steepleflower

Parallel Play by Stephen BurtParallel Play

“Engaging, artful…Burt’s wit and powers of invention are on full display.”

—The Washington Post Book World

The Art of the SonnetThe Art of the Sonnet

Stephen Burt and David Mikics

“Burt and Mikics have gathered together and composed a marvelous book. Both of them give us profound commentaries on particular sonnets and on the genre. I know of no other recent book that so steadily illuminates the riches it invokes.”

—Harold Bloom


Something UnderstoodSomething Understood

Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler

Edited by Stephen Burt and Nick Halpern

Randall Jarrell and His AgeRandall Jarrell and His Age

“Stephen Burt does Randall Jarrell the finest kind of critical justice…. There is sympathy here, and imagination, and just the right degree of intellectual detachment.”

—Louis Menand

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Edited by Stephen Burt and Hannah Brooks-Motl