A fruit is just an explosion of a flower,
frozen in time
Predator and prey, host and parasite; symbiosis, evolution, competition. Nature is a complex web of relationships and dualities. In his debut poetry collection, We Are All Just Animals & Plants, Alex Manley maps the “red in tooth and claw” of the natural world onto contemporary relationships, exposing the brutality of longing and the highs and lows of love in the digital age.
Alex Manley has lived his entire life in Montreal. He graduated from Concordia University’s creative writing program in 2013. His work has been published online and in print by several publications. He was the recipient of the Irving Layton Award for Fiction in 2012. He is left-handed.
First edition, first printing
Cover art by Charlotte Picotte
Edited by Guillaume Morissette
“These poems make me feel safe. I don’t have an explanation for this.”
– Sarah Jean Alexander, author of Wildlives
“This is a book about bodies and the ways they come together. Manley has built a taxonomy of a world that’s unlike any you’ll find in a biology textbook, but somehow exactly like the one you know.”
– Emma Healey, author of Begin with the End in Mind
“These poems are tense, quick, agile leaps between desire and despair. They remind us that what we want is fleeting and that to want means being willing to be marked by love.”
– Emily Kendal Frey, author of Sorrow Arrow
Press + Reviews + Interviews
“(T)hese poems call attention to the thin membrane of perception between world and self, the itch of awareness that contorts itself into style.”
“Alex Manley has a knack for describing weird little details of this era in a way that makes you feel smarter for having thought something similar.”