Boys and Patriarchy
This poem examines some of the feelings of paternalism the author had for small lizards, insects, and arachnids that he encountered in the forests of the Niagara Escarpment, when he was in early grade school. As a child, unrequited feelings of paternalism made the world of non-domesticated animals a mystery. Only later in adult life did he interrogate these early memories of encounter with animals as part of a gendered society.
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