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Cursed Objects: exciting experimental New Age Poetry from Jason Christie and above/ground press.

Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Cursed Objects

Author: Jason Christie

Publisher: above/ground press

Date of Publication: 2014

Page Count: 20

"You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star."
- Freidrich Nietzsche (Philosopher)

A study in New Age contemporary Canadian poetry by poet Jason Christie. A man of letters, with an M.A. in English literature from the University of Calgary, he is also a poetry editor and visual artist. His Chapbook – Government was nominated for the bp Nichol Chapbook Award 2014. He has written three books of poetry, iRobot, Canada Post, Unknown Actor and has been published three times by above/ground press.

The Chapbook of poetry begins: “We cannot stand in full daylight / and see the objects in the dark.” – Lucretius, Book IV of De Rerum Natura. An opening, This Writer feels a haunted beginning. In the poetry is the staccato delivery of The Beat Poets, as the new synergies in word juxtapositions create enlightenment from mystery and excitement in the New Age written word. As if the words are cast upon the waters, perhaps in augery like casting runes, perhaps in the sheer celebration of creation as the pen once again, finds the page.


wall and holes
towers or falls
stretches or drops
or holes and wall

the face at the hedge
an hedge precedes
the fence between
everything and
  nothing that waits
a cold technology
ancient, unmoving

the leaves fall
will fall
have fell
the leaves
will fall
have fallen
they fell

A crafted rialto of word construction, borrows from the symbolists and truncated stream of consciousness, an experimental intrigue in New Age poetry. The poetry constructions paint a picture, illogical, tracings of designs, a reflection of the war culture N.A. As if playing with Dada, the arts movement formed after World War I where everything was nonsensical.

from “Ring

. . . Garbage circle flex

Target invest clutch

Wait alphabet spin

Team split whimper

Rock partner tree

Splurge crack bluff

Ton wrangle flap

Date phone more

Moral shirt map

Awkward nail card

Circle tone month

Money guy tinge

Million bone hollow

Acquire platter splat”

Illustrating fluxuating style with truncated thoughts, a lack of capitalization, an introduction of capitalization, a minimum of punctuation. The poetry is and it is fantastical, Cursed Objects by Jason Christie.

Available @ above/ground press.

Genre: Poetry, New Age

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