Tom Laichas: 9 Poems from “Naming the Animals”

Pleased to be publishing Tom Laichas’ poems on Underfoot today.

If you have poems you think we’d be interested in, check our submission details & get in touch with either me or Tim.

Underfoot Poetry

Named and Nameless

In the midst of the naming, the boy asks: What’s your name?

The Voice remembers: years in the future, others will ask this question. The reply is the same: I am what I am.

The boy: That’s not an answer. We’re all what we all are, nameless or no.

The Voice: But it’s you who must come when called.


Hers & His

1.
Once torn apart, the two freshly skinned bodies take the names given to them. The boy takes one name and the girl another.

They learn the words I and mine.

It will be easy to swallow the fruit.

2.
The girl wonders aloud: what name would I take if the verses hadn’t spoken first?

3.
About his own name, the boy says nothing. He thinks: it has been mine all along.


The Seasons

That first week, all the seasons tumble…

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Author: danielpaulmarshall

After living in Korea for shy a decade, I find myself back in England, penalized for my turned back, awaiting a move to Exeter, where I will study an MA in English, with focus on environmental studies. These days I am reading inveterately, owing to my no longer living without the means to buy books & books & books. My reading interest lie in contemporary philosophy, ecology, ecological philosophy, object orientated ontology & speculative realism. These ideas are leaching into my poetry & essays.

2 thoughts on “Tom Laichas: 9 Poems from “Naming the Animals””

  1. A thoughtful piece, Daniel. Interesting gender contrast, what we take for granted and what we question has a lot to do with labels. For me, sometimes they seem to be explanations per se, yet they are not. PS congrats.

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