Daniel Nathan Terry | Waxwings

WaxwingsNumber 3 in the inaugural Summer Kitchen Series.

Published: July 10, 2010 [49 copies]
31 pages
Limited edition

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Daniel Nathan Terry  is a former landscaper and horticulturist. His debut full-length poetry collection, Capturing the Dead, won the Stevens Poetry Prize and was published in 2008 by NFSPS Press. His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in Poet Lore, The Spoon River Poetry Review, The MacGuffin, and The Cafe Review. Daniel received his MFA in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington in 2010. 


Scarecrow crafter, burlap tailor, 
black-eye smudger, when I’m done,
crows mistake you for a man:  
silent shooer, stock-still farmer, 
to them alone a tartan terror. 
I fisted through your flannel,
spiced your straw with artemesia, 
puffed your chest with wilted-rue,  
perfumed your thighs with summer sweet–
another half-attempt at love–and to keep 
the flies from you, who do not care 
if you are flesh or straw; stand still in June,  
they will devour you. If they don’t and you see  
the summers through, the sun, the wind, the rain 
make fast work of you until your pie-pan hands 
cease to flutter and the crows 
begin to mutter that you can’t be much.  
Winter comes, now the squash begins  
to earn its name, cold snaps beans.  
Like tomatoes that turn from green to glass  
my red for you is missing.  
How long before the snow and I  
take you down?  

a sample poem by Daniel online:


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