Friday, August 3, 2018

new from above/ground press: glass language (excerpt), by Jason Christie

glass language (excerpt)
Jason Christie

Writing it's like
Snowfall, Problems
outside to bow and
sludge and aloft, not
blanched fog, poems like
the look of molten metal
or friendship, shoulders or
music filling rooms around me,
drones of bright notes flash past
and pace the way. Lining the year
all dawn is drawn now, snow goes
slow through fog lights, i am
asleep through what goes
with it, clouds slow a
stillness into a light, i
resist the day, who began
whispering my nothings,
harsh and over and a new
Feeling like some jingle or
itinerant body passing as sleep
surrounds my eternal pledge of
concept and reason, twin
grey strips of material
and fatigue, to be on and on
1/12/15, 12/14/15, 09/22/15

and We get quiet pretending,
We get days Unbegun
upthrust rain cresting ground
where we inlet each grey day
My furniture strewn, my
Hair is a mess with this wind
 Dim morning light to be outside
Then I'm answering questions
of necessity, we knew you when
12/10/14 click the link
hey, Emmett Starts daycare
all little voice and big noise
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
August 2018
celebrating twenty-five years of above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Jason Christie
is the author of Canada Post (Snare), i-ROBOT (Edge/Tesseract), Unknown Actor (Insomniac), and a co-editor of Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (Mercury). His next book will be published by Coach House in the Spring of 2019.

This is his sixth chapbook with above/ground press, after 8th Ave 15th St NW. (2004), Government (2013), Cursed Objects (2014), The Charm (2015) and random_lines = random.choice (2017).

[Jason Christie will be launching this title as part of THE ABOVE/GROUND PRESS SILVER ANNIVERSARY READING/LAUNCH/PARTY on August 25, 2018 at Ottawa's Vimy Brewing Company!]

To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at

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