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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556592515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556592515
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,054,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Titled after the flight-data recording devices analyzed in plane-crash investigations, Belieu's forceful third collection examines the wreckage of interpersonal disaster, chiefly a nasty marital breakup: "there wasn't a ribald// particular I didn't come to know:// the yoga instructress on Valentine's Eve,/ the xeroxed erotica files// arranged by body part." The poems' formal composure belies an anger so thoroughgoing it threatens at times to become simplistic ("This day's so blue, so pretty, let's smash it under glass"), but an equally relentless black humor shows the poet knows she's acting out. Belieu (One Above, One Below, 2000) is also interested in how emotional extremity makes shameless performers of us all, an observation dramatized in the book's astonishing centerpiece, the longer poem "In the Red Dress I Wear to Your Funeral." Here the poet imagines a broken marriage as a car crash you only half survive, unleashing a fury so spectacular it takes on the dimensions of myth: "I lift my scarlet tail above your grave/ and let the idiot villagers take me/ in torchlight/ one by one by one by one...." (Nov.)
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About the Author

Erin Belieu was born and raised in Nebraska and educated at the University of Nebraska, Ohio State, and Boston University. She is the author of three collections of poetry. Her debut, Infanta, was selected for the National Poetry Series and named one of the best books of that year by Library Journal, the National Book Critics' Circle, and Washington Post.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tomis Foolery on July 29, 2007
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Along with Josh Bell, this is one of the few poets that can take the natural depravity of human beings and spin it so many ways; it can be funny, sad, loathing, contempuous, bitter, bitter-sweet, etc., but it never goes unearned and each poem seems to stem from some form of loss or injustice. Any poet that can take the darkest side of human nature and "tell it slant," as they say, to make you laugh or sit in a sublime kind of shock is worth reading... so few poets can make "silk out of a sow's ear."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Kaczmarek on June 3, 2007
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Before I reveal what I think of Erin Belieu's poetry, a confession: We were classmates once. It was in graduate school, where our interactions were so infrequent, they barely qualified us to identify each other in a police lineup. So understand that I have no incentive beyond the quality of her work to either praise or condemn it. That said, Erin's poetry is stunning. I'll throw out more clichés -- raw, bold, witty, honest, haunting, powerful, dynamic, illuminating. It's so good that if Milton Berle were a poet and alive, he would steal it. I generally avoid poetry the way I do needles and babies, but Erin's work is just that impressive. It's a fairly safe bet that many more readers will discover her, but now's your chance to get ahead of the curve, to be able to say, like me, "I knew her when . . ." I suspect you won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GirlDetectiveX on April 16, 2008
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The sharp-tongued poems in Erin Belieu's third book are as topically adventurous and linguistically playful as those that appear in "Infanta" and "One Above & One Below." On the whole, though, this book is significantly more intense, more raw and uncompromising, than Belieu's previous works. Many of the poems seem to be the product of some emotional bombs--unexpected motherhood and marital infidelity, in particular--that exploded in the not-too-distant past, strewing hard shrapnel through the poet's life. This is not a book for the faint of heart, for those who balk at verse that lavishes attention on an anthropomorphized blow-up doll ("Of the Poet's Youth") or engages in metaphorical gunplay ("Shooting Range"). The poems in "Black Box" have, at times, a filthy mouth, a hair trigger, all the illogical elegance of a B movie. But for those readers whose poetic interests lie somewhere beyond sedate paeans to nature or simplistic domestic lyrics, Belieu's coy sense of humor and mature, intelligently-wrought mashups of vulgarity and lyricism will prove seductive. These poems are simultaneously unsparing and gentle, bloody and luminous, meditative and impulsive, shot through with religious allusions and extended treatises on a panoply of pop culture-infused subjects. Each poem in "Black Box" is undeniably gutsy and alive.
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This book's most important poem is "In the Red Dress I Wear to Your Funeral." The poem is spoken through multiple voices: a borscht-belt comedian, a fairy tale protagonist, JFK assassination conspiracy theorist and a Grecian oracle without ever misguiding the reader into believing these are voices of the poet while still revealing the poet's "truth." In brief, these speakers are emotionally true despite being factually fictitious. To my reading, Belieu is in the lineage of notable women writers such as Denise Levertov, Adrienne Rich (see "Diving into the Wreck) and of course Sylvia Plath. There are also nearly genetic traits of e.e. cummings, Allen Ginsberg and Frederico Lorca. As others have written she is a poetry-sibling of the contemporary Josh Bell but also Olena Kalytiak Davis and Mark Bibbins. The aforementioned "Red Dress" reminds of the diction Aaron Kunin's "The Sore Throat."
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