It is small.
It fits in the palm of your hand.
You would recognize this unremarkable office object by its rubber texture and barely two inch length.
To the scientist, it is just an eraser. To the poet, the eraser moves about with the indecision of its owner, losing itself a piece at a time. To the poet, the eraser has life, meaning, value.
Animate Objects, Alan Wilson’s collection of 35 poems, breathes fresh air into the mundane objects we interact with daily. They come alive, understand, live and breathe, and most of all, they feel. Whether they are the unseeable, like “Radio Waves,” or the “Suitcase” that sees the world along with us, the objects of our lives are given life.
"Animate Objects is an interesting and individual first book, one whose strengths make me look forward with curiosity to what Wilson will do next"
- Kim Maltman, Books in Canada
"...unlike anything I've read in recent Canadian poetry...I find [Wilson's] cool self-possession refreshing. In the spirit and often in the manner of those European minimalist poets, Miroslav Holub and Popa, Wilson's animate objects think, speak, feel and pose. Strange, sometimes chilling, sleek in execution, these sophisticated poems are warmed by a subtle humour. Intriguing."
-- Phyllis Webb
"Alan Wilson's words are etched in ice -- as clear and sometimes as chill -- as he delineates the word's structures, magic, and its peculiar inhabitants. The poems range from delicate to wry to needle sharp. These are works to taste and savour for both beauty and bite."
-- Marilyn Bowering
Alan Wilson is an analyst/statistician for the University of Victoria who holds degrees in physics and creative writing. He was born in New Brunswick. Animate Objects (Turnstone Press) was his first book.