"Poem with Toy Mechanical Horse"

Sacha Archer

Sacha Archer lives in Burlington, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters. He is the editor of Simulacrum Press. His work has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as ARC, filling Station, Matrix, Nöd, Politics/Letters Live, Utsanga, Otoliths, FIVE:2:ONE, Futures Trading, Timglaset, and Touch the Donkey. Archer has two full-length collections of poetry, Detour (gradient books, 2017) and Zoning Cycle (Simulacrum Press, 2017). His most recent chapbooks are TSK oomph (Inspiritus Press, 2018), Contemporary Meat (The Blasted Tree, 2018) and Autopsy Report (above/ground press, 2018) with two forthcoming: Houses (no press) and Framing Poems (Timglaset). His visual poetry has been exhibited in the USA, Italy, and Canada.

“This work is a script drawn / written by the stride of a mechanical toy horse whose feet have been inked. The idea for this piece can be traced back directly to John Cage’s Suite for Toy Piano (1948). Reconsidering the potential of objects, giving them new life in a new context, and regarding them from the angle of ‘Art’ — when a toy is re-engaged this way, it allows for humour but also opens up such an object, releasing a density of associations.”