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Static Mantis

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5.5 x 8.5 inches


Static Mantis is an investigation into our experience of reality, a challenge to the idea that works of fiction, or the fictions that we create for ourselves every day, are required to hold any consistency or similarity to the “real” world. Insects, space travel, the apocalypse and The Beatles swarm in clouds of randomized particles which disperse and settle, showing themselves to be neither more nor less substantial than the simple fact of existence.

Sunlight diffused the buildings…

Shortlisted for the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry.


Fisher is obviously enchanted with puns, double meanings and wordplay of all kinds, and the result is hilarious.

~Alexander Rettie, Alberta Views

Fisher has a genuine flair for the sparkling image … his long frequently stream of consciousness passages are peppered with staccato bullets to the brain; in other words images that delight and surprise.

~Angus Leech, Calgary Straight

Like automatic writing, it makes leaps in logic, finds loop holes in meaning, slips from one plane of the real to another through sound, sense and image.

~Kemeny Babineau, League of Canadian Poets

Static Mantis requires a totally different kind of attention — attention to what slips through the lacunae in disjunctive narrative; attention to the non-sequitor; attention to surreal leaps of language and thought.

~Richard Stevenson, The Danforth Review

About the Author

Arran Fisher was born in Brisbane, Australia, and raised in Saskatoon, Vancouver, and Calgary. He has a philosophy degree from the University of Calgary, where he studied writing under Nicole Markotic and Fred Wah. Since then he has travelled to Europe, the United States, and Japan, where he took part in the All-Japan Aikido Demonstration. He is cofounder of the rock band, The Summerlad.

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