Carol Novack is the editor of Mad Hatter's Review and also spends time blogging both at her own site and at Now What. Somehow, beyond all of that effort, she still finds time to write and her poem, Once in a Field, is included in the latest issue (5.2) of Segue (scroll to pages 28-29).
"In the midst of the landscape loomed the Moby Dick of all scarecrows, tall as a telephone tower,
with dime store button eyes and a snow white bridal gown. It's eyes were not uniform. The
lavender eye was a heart-shaped little girl's button, the green eye elliptical with four holes."
What I liked about this stanza, that comes across throughout the rest of Novack's poem, is the combination of fine details, and the seemingly unrealistic. Details such as the green button being both elliptical and having four holes. Unrealistic things like the scarecrow being as tall as a telephone tower - hyperbole, or just a strange fact. It's a decision Novack gives her readers more than just this once in this page and a half long antic. This combination of tossing out what seems to be a pretty crazy idea, only to follow it up with details so precise that the reader gets sucked back into the possibilities of the work being truth, is a great point - counterpoint means of moving from beginning to end. I'm looking forward to digging up more of Carol Novack's material.