Laura Mullen is the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair in the Humanities at Wake Forest University. Her poetry has been anthologized in collections from Norton and Wesleyan, and recent work has appeared in the Harvard Review, Diagram, and Tears in the Fence; poems are forthcoming in Volt and the Georgia Review. Solid Objects Press will publish her ninth collection, EtC, in November 2023. “Answers” was commissioned for the Mary Midgley celebrations that took place internationally in 2020, for an event in response to Midgley’s 2001 book Science and Poetry.