Posts by: Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

“Waxwings” by Daniel Nathan Terry


Daniel Nathan Terry’s second collection of verse, Waxwings, opens with “Scarecrow,” an address to the poem’s namesake from its creator: “Scare-crow crafter, burlap-tailor, / black-eye smudger, when I’m done, / crows mistake you for a man.” By the end of this first poem, it becomes clear that the scarecrow, constructed to protect the farmer’s crop, is used and thrown out by the very forces that make him; “How long,” ask the final two lines of the poem, “before the snow and I / take you down?”