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In Come-Hither Honeycomb, Erin Belieu turns her signature wit and intellectual rigor inward for an unguarded exploration of human vulnerability. The poems meditate on the impact of large and small traumas: the lasting thumbprint of abuse, the collective specter of disease, the achingly sweet humility of parenting. The bodies in these poems are trapped, held hostage, bleeding. And yet there is agency--structural dynamism, texture, the color green--while a woman climbs a metal ladder to the diving board, a girl climbs high into the branches. The speaker grapples with a lifelong pattern of brutality, then painfully breaks free.
Copper Canyon Press, 9781556596100, 64pp.
Publication Date: February 2, 2021
About the Author
Erin Belieu is is the author of Infanta, chosen by Hayden Carruth for the National Poetry Series; One Above & One Below, winner of the Midland Authors Prize and Ohioana Poetry Award; Black Box, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist; and Slant Six, named one of the ten best books of 2014 by The New York Times, all published by Copper Canyon Press. She currently teaches in the University of Houston's MFA/PhD creative writing program and for the Lesley University low-residency MFA program in Cambridge, MA.