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 everytime.” Shrewdly political, wickedly funny, and fiercely intelligent, Canada Post is an important debut collection.
Jason Christie is an editor for filling Station. He lives in Calgary.