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In her second TED Talk, “Success, failure and the drive to keep creating,” Elizabeth Gilbert came clean about the often unglamorous life of a writer. The one thing that never wavered: her love of the written word. Here, she shares seven books that have sustained her through it all.

Quite a bit, in fact. As poetry critic Stephen Burt will tell you: Poetry may not move the sun and stars, but it can certainly move you.