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Religions 2018, 9(1), 1; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9010001

Entanglement in Fir: Thinking Matter in Peter Larkin’s “praying // firs \\ attenuate”

Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
Academic Editor: Kevin Hart
Received: 24 November 2017 / Revised: 19 December 2017 / Accepted: 19 December 2017 / Published: 21 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue English Poetry and Christianity)
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This article reads Peter Larkin’s poem “praying // firs \\ attenuate” (2014) as a way to think the divine in relation to the ecological as a mutual poetic giving. It suggests that the poem entangles the reader in a series of relational imaginings that complicates the modern commodification of the nonhuman and questions a secular fatigue with the divine. Through a Catholic metaphysics in which all things—human, nonhuman, holy—are entangled, Larkin’s religious ecology maps the way to horizons promising that which cannot yet be imagined. In an entangled, layered, rhythmic, and echoing poetic form, Larkin reveals the intimate relationship between plenitude and the attenuated, gift and scarcity. View Full-Text
Keywords: Peter Larkin; entanglement; trees; scarcity; gift; poetry Peter Larkin; entanglement; trees; scarcity; gift; poetry
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Mason, E. Entanglement in Fir: Thinking Matter in Peter Larkin’s “praying // firs \\ attenuate”. Religions 2018, 9, 1.

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