Jason Christie’s Canada Post interrogates the linguistic imperatives of the communication age and investigates the links between language and nationality with dry, delirious wit. Christie’s poems evidence a frightening, ludic journey from the capital to the outlying punctuation where the familiarity of our nation, language and identity begin to disappear in the cracks and fades of discourse. “Beware of grammar,” these poems advise. “It’ll get you every time.” Shrewdly political, wickedly funny, and fiercely intelligent, Canada Post is an important debut collection.
Jason Christie has been published in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies. He has also contributed as an editor, along with Derek Beaulieu and A. Rawlings, to the anthology Shift &Switch: New Canadian Poetry, published by Mercury Press in 2005. His most recent book of poetry is i-ROBOT (EDGE/Tesseract, 2006).