Big-Eyed Afraid

Big Eyed Afraid Poetry In BIG EYED AFRAID a first book of genuine originality Erica Dawson turns the mirror held up to nature on herself Both humorous and heart wrenching Dawson balances formal adroitness with a

  • Title: Big-Eyed Afraid
  • Author: Erica Dawson Mary Jo Salter
  • ISBN: 9781904130260
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poetry In BIG EYED AFRAID, a first book of genuine originality, Erica Dawson turns the mirror held up to nature on herself Both humorous and heart wrenching, Dawson balances formal adroitness with a 21st century colloquial idiom modulating between demotic and mandarin registers, a voice all her own Employing numerous forms, including the rondeau, ballade, rhyme royal aPoetry In BIG EYED AFRAID, a first book of genuine originality, Erica Dawson turns the mirror held up to nature on herself Both humorous and heart wrenching, Dawson balances formal adroitness with a 21st century colloquial idiom modulating between demotic and mandarin registers, a voice all her own Employing numerous forms, including the rondeau, ballade, rhyme royal and her own adaptation of the In Memoriam stanza, Dawson elevates the self only to see it combust into pieces of broken character, an arch of introspection signalled by the book s opening and ending series of nickname poems, including Nappyhead, Mommy Dearest, and DrugFace, where contradictions of personal, cultural, and intellectual identities are exposed In between, Dawson completes the case history, calling on everyone from Freud and Puccini to Rita Hayworth and James Brown while craftily moving between rhyme s mellifluous voice and that of a frighteningly self effacing honesty arch high for your halo and penance And a murder of crows and your birthday s sentence Yet for every stanza spent in Dawson s mind, each page of BIG EYED AFRAID opens up to face and find shade from reality s blue leaded sun burning its shine too strong Mary Jo Salter Dexterously rhythmic, with punchy rhymes and inventive style, Erica Dawson s poems allow her to sing a truly modern song of her herself and persuade the reader to assume what she assumes with every perfectly placed note along the way This book is a joy to read Contemporary Poetry Review Erica Dawson is the most exciting younger poet I ve seen in years What drive and verve Even in lines under tight control, she can sound reckless Her dazzling wit informs poem after poem, making each seem like a stiff drink with a dash of bitters BIG EYED AFRAID is a sensational debut I can t recall finding this much energy between two covers since Ariel X J Kennedy Polished but unvarnished, exquisitely alive, the poems in BIG EYED AFRAID are utterly electrifying Erica Dawson s is a name to remember, and these are poems you won t forget Claire Messud BIG EYED AFRAID is a fast paced, breathlessly witty and illuminating riff on the multiple effects of race, sex, biology and social pressure on who we are and how we see ourselves Dawson s dazzling rhymes, her perfect pitch for an array of idioms ranging from the smutty to the sacred, and her extraordinary combination of metrical control and jazz like syntactical elaboration make her work feel at one and the same time chiseled and improvised, traditional and utterly distinct Brilliantly alert to multiple influences yet irreducibly tied to this particular poet at this particular moment in our collective history, BIG EYED AFRAID is one of the most compelling and entertaining books of poetry I ve read in I don t know how long Alan Shapiro In Erica Dawson s poetry, the themes of love and death are handled with verve and an eager desire to make sense of an American landscape lit by neon and drenched in zinfandel and dior Dawson s first book and winner of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize investigates a modern world mediated by psychiatric drugs, diagnoses, and unabashed carnal cravings Each poem reveals an effortless control of form combined with an exuberant syntactical playfulness Few poets this younge writing successfully in forms such as the ballade, rondeau, rhyme royale, and sestina Michelle Y Burke The debut volume of a remarkable talentDawson s metrical command and humane outlook offer a multifaceted self always intelligent and engaging Ned Balbo

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    1. Big-Eyed Afraid announces the birth of a new, bold American voice. Truly Whitmanesque, Dawson sings an egocentric song of herself which is personal and revealing. My initial impression was one of voyeuristic indulgence as if I was reading a personal diary. It reminded me of the first time I opened a Playboy and gawked in prepubescent awe at the unobtainable centerfold. But Dawson's words not only describe her body, they lay bare her beautiful, compelling soul. The vision is not photoshopped; Daw [...]


    2. In Big-Eyed Afraid, Erica Dawson shows that she can sound as funny, frantic, smart, or furious within any single poem as she does throughout this fine collection. Examples abound on every page. The sestina “In Consonance with the Order of Things” reduces the requisite end word total from six to one (the word “off) with brilliant, sometimes hilarious, results--“A season lost? Three zeroes triple off/from 7, 6…So maybe something’s off/And maybe this is heaven”—while the ballade “ [...]


    3. Now that a review of Dawson's second book, *The Small Blades Hurt* has been reviewed in *Slate*(slate/articles/arts/bo) after winning *Measures* first annual publication prize, her already sizable fan base is bound to grow and, even more important, her interpreters more bold. It's not for nothing, after all, that X. J. Kennedy pronounced *Big Eyed Afraid,* her début collection, as containing more energy than any collection "between two covers since *Ariel*.* But what member of those younger poe [...]


    4. While I found that this book of poetry wasn't always for me, it is absolutely amazing. Dawson's grasp on language is astounding. She writes in verse so well and with such originality you forget that it is in verse (it contains no silly sing-songyness, unless intended) and it is so powerfully written that the voice is immediately and unmistakably apparent--which is something I must say as most poetry has a tendency to come out in a semi-generic "poetry voice."


    5. I'm so in love with this book. She's done a lot to show me (and my students!) the possibilities available in formal verse. Huge amounts of verve, vigor, vitality, vim, and other words-that-start-with-V.


    6. I can't say much as it's a bookclub selection that we haven't discussed yet, butWho knew that poetry had progressed since I read it in school - Dawson's poetry is very modern, personal and engaging. I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did!


    7. This book surprised me with its forms and syntax, it's tone and imagery. I saw her read this weekend and had to buy the book, it's that good. Surprising yet traditional, smart and sassy, clever but heartfelt. These are poems that will shock us awake the way the best poems do.


    8. Terrifying and lovely modern work in classic forms, and/but the voice feels unrelentless and unmodulated throughout.


    9. It's so lovely to read good formal verse that doesn't sacrifice the rawness that brings me to poetry. thumbs up


    10. So much rhyme and meter is not my favorite music, but Dawson has a near perfect ear for it and skillfully uses it to explore identity, sexuality, divadom, and the DSM, among other things.


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