Poems of the Week

Material Man

by Julia Griffin

“’We risk only having respect for things insofar as they resemble human experience and characteristics,’ writes Anna Grear, among the best analysts of [the new “animism”] movement. ‘The law [instead] needs to develop a new framework in which the human is entangled and thrown in the midst of a lively materiality— rather than assumed to be the masterful, knowing centre.’”
—The Guardian

Can someone make this game work?
I’m feeling quite humangled:
The law has made a framework
In which I’ve been entangled.

You shrug this off as kids’ stuff?
I scorn your humentality:
I’m flailing in the midst of
A wild materiality!