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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All-Season Stephanie

All-Season Stephanie

My new chapbook All-Season Stephanie is now out and ready for you to order from the good folks at Rain Taxi, who published it! As the title implies, they are poems that show you (or show me) what my life could have been like if I had grown up as, and been seen as, a girl. Eowyn Evans did the art (Rain Taxi’s Kelly Everding deserves many thanks for the design). You can read a representative poem from the chapbook, “Esprit Stephanie,” at The...

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

A video/ audio reading in Scotland (sort of) with David Wheatley

A video/ audio reading in Scotland (sort of) with David Wheatley

A few weeks ago David Wheatley and I read together for the Scottish Poetry Library, in a delightful online-only real-time event orchestrated by Robert Peake and Jennifer Williams. You can now see and/or hear the whole event, or any part thereof, via YouTube, by clicking the link in this sentence. Thanks, YouTube! Thanks, Jennifer and Robert and David and tech support people! Let us know what you think, if you do check it...

TEDGlobal 2013: Why People Need Poetry

Stephen Burt at TEDGlobal 2013