By Stephen Burt, Frmets

Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555976446, 96pp.

Publication Date: June 11, 2013


The new poetry collection by Stephen Burt, "one of the most gifted poets of his generation" (Frank Bidart)
*An NPR Best Book of 2013 * "A" Publishers Weekly "Top 10 Poetry Book of Spring 2013" *

Our skills are finally in demand.
If you mock us, Pan,
In whom we also believe, do it
As gently as you can.

About the Author
Stephen Burt has a professional background in physics, meteorology and climatology, information technology and marketing. He is a Fellow of the UK's Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS) and is also a member of both the American Meteorological Society and the Irish Meteorological Society. He has run his own meteorological observatory for over 40 years. After almost 10 years with the UK Met Office he took up a business career within the computer industry, successfully managing international marketing roles for several of the world's largest high-technology firms. He is a regular contributor to the Royal Meteorological Society's monthly magazine Weather, to the Climatological Observer's Link (COL) organisation and the Cloud Appreciation Society, with over one hundred published papers or articles and several hundred published photographs to date. He is also a committee member of the Royal Meteorological Society's Special Interest Group on Weather Observing Systems, a recent member of the Royal Meteorological Society's council governing body and Chairman of the Royal Meteorological Society's South-east Centre. He was awarded the Society's Gordon Manley Prize in 2006. He is also a Trustee of the Chilterns Observatory Trust.

Praise For Belmont

Praise for Stephen Burt:

“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

Praise for Belmont:

"The collection is dominated by virtuosic turns and eclectic imaginings made all the more charming by Burt's constant self-reflexive address to the reader as co-conspirator and part of his larger we." —New York Times Book Review

"In this, his third and best book, [Burt] is moved to song by the challenges, whimsies and ecstasies of fatherhood and suburban life. These poems are all kinds of tender; they're funny, too. Most of all, they're made wise by a father's careful attention to all his children know." —NPR, "Best Books of 2013"

"Joy is new each time it happens—and it happens a lot in these poems of Stephen Burt's Belmont. . . . This is a world in which authority figures pull strings but are mostly irrelevant: Burt dismantles all cultural, psychological and literary idee recue pertaining to childhood, identity, gender." —Los Angeles Times

"These poems, which are often wryly humorous, express great tenderness for American domestic life. . . . They also capture the limitations and disappointments that accompany the arrival of adulthood." —Page-Turner, the blog of the New Yorker, "Books to Watch Out for"

"Stephen Burt has long been regarded among the most important critics now writing, but this year marks his emergence as one of his generation's most interesting poets." —NPR, "A 2013 Poetry Preview"

"Stephen Burt's Belmont is a celebration of the ordinary: walks in the park, breakfast cereal, the Subaru, the Swingline stapler. It's a book about being a father in the suburbs, and thus a book about growing up, written from the perspective of someone who has and who has discovered that there is life, and happiness to be had on the other side. . . . [A] sobering and mature collection." —San Francisco Chronicle

"I expected Belmont's craft and wit and intellect. What I did not expect was Burt's occasionally lovely and deeply considered strangenesses: shadowy places I needed to dig at, moments in his poems when the gates surrounding more manicured language are left ajar--unfastened, beckoning. . . . The core of this book is restless; it seeks." —Open Letters Monthly"Belmon tis lyrical yet contemporary, a fascinating exploration of everyday life." —Largehearted Boy

"[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

"Burt possesses a keenly empathetic imagination that allows him to inhabit and speak for his subjects. . . . Grounded in the physical world, the poems recognize and enshrine the wonder of consciousness itself and follow wherever it might lead." —Library Journal"Breezily contemporary in feel, yet deeply lyrical in quality and effect. . . . Belmont is an outstanding collection at once thoughtful and witty, meditative but rapid-fire, a domestically rooted yet lyrically urbane accounting of modern life as interpreted by one of the gifted critical intellects of our time." —New York Journal of Books"To change the ordinary lives we mortals live, Stephen Burt simply dings it with his poetry/philosophy wand. . . . He shows contemporary life glittered with soul searching—the literary will solving its thought problems." —Washington Independent Review of Books