Deep time and domestication in Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeos' 'Dog or Wolf'

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In this short article, I read Vahni (Anthony Ezekiel) Capildeo’s lyric poem ‘Dog or Wolf’ as an illustration of how a poem can encompass the deep time of co-evolution and speciation (the process whereby species diverge). According to Jonathan Culler, there is a “special now” of lyric poetry: we encounter any poem in a perpetual present, but one with an open temporal horizon. Drawing on Deborah Bird Rose’s concept of ethical time, I suggest that the “gentle howling” of Capildeo’s ambiguous canid, which echoes Rose’s suggestion that other species call us into being, shows how poetry can also be a means of marking very deep time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-266
Number of pages7
JournalWorldviews: Global Religions, Culture, Ecology
Issue number3
Early online date19 Oct 2022
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • lyric
  • deep time
  • ethical time
  • domestication
  • co-evolution


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