Praise for Telling Tales of Dusk:
“In her poems, Terri Kirby Erickson sketches vivid and appealing word pictures that lodge in the reader’s mind. I rarely see the wildflower Queen Anne’s lace in a field without remembering how she contrasts the plant’s delicate beauty with its common surroundings. It “dandies up a ditch,” she concludes. So true—and thinking about it that way makes me smile.” Judy Lowe, The Christian Science Monitor
“Whether writing about butter mints, the daisy chain of a group of daughters locked arm in arm, or a man burying his dead wife, Terri Kirby Erickson’s poems have the characteristics we all strive for in our poetry. These lyrical narratives are sensuous, tender, evocative, and familiar, bringing to life things we’ve all noticed but lacked the wisdom to put into words.” Scott Owens, Editor of The Wild Goose Poetry Review
“Coupling the candor and aplomb of Olds with the more profound and lyrical of Lux, Terri Kirby Erickson proves an exciting new voice in American poetry. Her subject matter spans the width between a lone Ferris wheel at a county fair, where ‘Coal dust fine and black as pulverized midnight,/covers everything for miles,’ to the vagaries of aging in the face of youth, when the speaker used to jump ‘out of bed, sleek as an otter,/sliding down the day.’ Erickson’s verse is filled with spot-on similes and metaphors, dotting its distinct and lucid structure with apt and artful alliteration, telegraphing image upon finer image to the nexus of who we are.” Jubal Tiner, Editor of The Pisgah Review
“…Telling Tales of Dusk, by North Carolina native, Terri Kirby Erickson… I carry this in my purse to pull out at airports or offices or any place a poem comes in handy. It never fails to deliver…” Sharon Randall, Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C.
This book was #23 on the Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers List in 2010.