Animal Walk is a jamboree of human voice sung in chorus with all species. Paddle through sparkling lakes and walk across pine-needled forest floors in this collection of 48 poems about nature, humanity and language at play.
An ear which shapes beautifully cadenced lines and an acute eye for images distinguish this first collection from Toronto poet John O'Neill. Animal Walk is a jamboree of human voice sung in chorus with all species. O'Neill's bear, deer, moose, rabbit and goats inhabit the borders of all too human experience, constanct others at once caught and free in the play of language.
"John O'Neill's Animal Walk rediscovers that man is the thinking animal, the metaphysical twist at the end of the chain. For O'Neill the mind is a magical muscle, the body an intelligence that can switch direction, step through a door into a thought."
-- George McWhirter
Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.