Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Burt’

“I want the new, or the old made new, and if I can’t have the new I want sense, and I am aware, as a reader and as a critic and as a writer, of my own limited time.”

The esteemed poetry critic Stephen Burt discusses the art of the review and the responsibilities of the reviewer.

If you haven’t read Burt’s fine book, Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry, you have missed watching a major literary intelligence in operation. Highly recommended.


Each day leading up to the March 10 announcement of the 2010 National Book Critic’s Circle award winners, the Critical Mass blog highlights one of the thirty-one finalists. To plug into their coverage, click here. Of particular interest: Stephen Burt‘s article on Clare Cavanagh’s “Lyric Poetry and Modern Politics.”

Dean Radar asks: Who are the great poets? Write him and let him know who you think is a contenduh. (And maybe also read his terrific book of poems, Works and Days.)

Kyle Minor schools us on the beauty and subtlety of Nabokov’s sentences.

The National Book Critic’s Circle announces award finalists in autobiography, biography, criticism, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Will Hilary Mantel, who won this year’s Man Booker Prize win again with Wolf Hall? Will Stephen Burt win for Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry? (Bat Terrier definitely hopes so–Burt’s book is terrific.)

Alan Badiou’s “Fifteen Theses on Contemporary Art,” or how to simultaneously avoid the Scylla of endless formal invention and the Charybdis of Romantic/Gothic objectification of the body. Recommended for theorists. And here’s Badiou’s longer explanation.