Erica Dawson, About her Most Recent Poem Collection

Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry:  The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014) and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007).

Erica Dawson is the author of two collections of poetry: The Small Blades Hurt (Measure Press, 2014) and Big-Eyed Afraid (Waywiser Press, 2007).

In The Small Blades Hurt, Erica Dawson picks up where her debut collection, Big-Eyed Afraid, leaves off: “The world’s outside. I’m in.” She moves from her border state Maryland to the true South, the Midwest, and back, delivering poems where a single memory   can   tangle   with America’s collective  past.  Dawson finds a home in the tradition of formal poetry, carving a place all her own, whether manic and cozy in a  poem  with  only one rhyme, or calm in a crown of sonnets’ claustrophobia. No matter the form, Dawson explores lust and love, past and present, accidents and the ache of plans gone wrong. Everything from Al Green to Abraham Lincoln is fair game. And even when the world seems to  have steadied itself, The Small  Blades Hurt  reminds  us  that  we may have the tendency  to  lead, but “someone must slip and feel it.”

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