Erin Belieu Poems
- From On Being Fired Again I've known the pleasures of ...
- Against Writing About Children When I think of the many ...
- The Hideous Chair This hideous, upholstered in gift-wrap ...
- Another Poem For Mothers Mother, I'm trying to write a poem...
- Georgic On Memory Make your daily monument the Ego, use a ...
- Legend Of The Albino Farm Omaha, Nebraska They do not sleep ...
- Loser Bait Some of us are chum. Some of us are the ...
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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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-