By Mark Callanan
Much like the stoic figure from which its title is drawn, there is an aching emptiness at Scarecrow’s core, a desire for completion invoking contrasting images of life and death, love and loss, and nature and artifice. Though its short, imagistic studies and longer, meditative poems, Scarecrow maps the triumphs and losses of life and plumbs the depths of human emotion.
Part elegy, part celebration, Scarecrow delves deep into the earth and rides high on the backs of air-born sparrows. Through precise language and lyric composition, the poet walks along the veil between the living and the dead, drawing the reader along on his precarious journey.