Erin Belieu

(1967 - / Ohama / Nebraska)

Erin Belieu
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Erin Belieu is an American poet


She graduated from Boston University, and Ohio State University with an MFA. She taught at Washington University, Boston University, Kenyon College, and Ohio University. She teaches at Florida State University.

Belieu is the author of three collections of poetry. Her first book, Infanta (1995), was a winner of the Nationa Poetry Series, selected by Hayden Carruth. Infanta was also chosen as a best book of the year by The Washington Post and Library Journal.

Her second collection, One Above & One Below, was the winner of the Midland Authors Prize in poetry and the Ohioana prize, and her most recent collection, ... more »

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  • Rookie - 455 Points Anthony Burkett (5/7/2014 5:17:00 PM)

    I know just how you feel Erin...From On Being Fired Again... a very liberating emotion isn't it! ? :)

  • Freshman - 518 Points Sanjibsaha Aniketa (12/22/2012 6:00:00 AM)

    I don't know whether you are aware of Indian poems & poets. I like your poems Very much.

  • Freshman - 518 Points Sanjibsaha Aniketa (12/22/2012 5:59:00 AM)

    I don't know whether you are aware of Indian poems & poets. I like your poems Very much.

  • Freshman - 518 Points Sanjibsaha Aniketa (12/22/2012 5:51:00 AM)

    I like your poem s very much. Looking for your next poem.

  • Rookie June Walker (5/8/2012 1:43:00 AM)

    I enjoyed reading your poem -From on being fired again in the newsletter. I particularly loved the humour.

  • Rookie William F Dougherty (5/7/2012 4:59:00 PM)

    Farming memory-instruction by emulative example of thinking in images.

  • Rookie William F Dougherty (5/7/2012 4:36:00 PM)

    Rondeau on the MBTA cunningly made: the startling genital smell of the bay in line one whips back to mind in the rump-up closing; the sweat and bother might suggest a hormonal humidity and ambiguity and an equine referent for bay in want (heat) in close quarters.

  • Rookie William F Dougherty (5/2/2012 2:33:00 PM)

    Enter a poet to the slim minority, the bobbed tail; keep your proud/proficient rump up against the vasty wind.

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Best Poem of Erin Belieu

From On Being Fired Again

I've known the pleasures of being
fired at least eleven times—

most notably by Larry who found my snood
unsuitable, another time by Jack,
whom I was sleeping with. Poor attitude,
tardiness, a contagious lack
of team spirit; I have been unmotivated

squirting perfume onto little cards,
while stocking salad bars, when stripping
covers from romance novels, their heroines
slaving on the chain gang of obsessive love—

and always the same hard candy
of shame dissolving in my throat;

handing in my apron, returning the cash-
register ...

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