Sister Sirens

Ever-Daring, Ever-Playful Erica

An Astute and rave Review of Erica Dawson’s two books of poetry in Oxford American

Screen shot 2014-01-28 at 4.43.16 PMIn “The Evolution of Erica Dawson,” Russell Willoughby writes, “Erica Dawson writes in assertive, sometimes defiant, declaratives. Her tone is terse and confident, though casual alliteration and staccato rhythms yield a vulnerable, youthful playfulness. The classical piano training and church choir days of Dawson’s youth are evident in the tightly coiled structure of her long, loping poems and their strict rhyme schemes, creating a pointed musicality that leaves readers rhythm-drunk. . . . Her words go down easier than sun-warmed communion wine.” Read more about this gorgeousness.Screen shot 2014-01-28 at 4.44.44 PM