Two Stanzas from Erica Dawson

“The world’s outside. I’m in.” With this final line of the poem “DrugFace”, Erica Dawson concluded her first book. “In The Small Blades Hurt, Erica Dawson picks up where her debut collection, Big-Eyed Afraid, leaves off.” The importance of places–specially American places–is bound to Dawson’s second book, as, “She moves from her border state Maryland…

Erica Dawson, About her Most Recent Poem Collection

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…