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Mere Extinction


Evie Christie

64 pages
Ecw Press
“Christie’s audacious writing pulses with life and, yes, movement.” — Globe and Mail In Evie Christie’s third book mothers nurse babies as the world comes to an end, fathers hustle or drift, the pastoral and the present collide, violence, love, and death gently fill the space and time they have been given. As surreal as they are domestic, Christie’s poems navigate the world they are in, struggle with history, the immediate, and what Richard Polt’s investigation of Heidegger would describe as “the emergency being.” Bog Girl After Seamus Heaney I waited too long, was left waiting and here I am in my fruit-white youth, too young to go untouched, a balmy small-town dream touched up with pink where it mattered. Remember the ways you wanted to touch and did not and finally broke in through the window and did until I got smart and found their sophistication: loveless bliss, made over and over ’til the earth packed under my nails was gone. Find me here, waiting, gone blue and winter cold, make out my parts from the windowsill, not gleaming, all the same, the same as ever.
Author Bio
Evie Christie is the author of Gutted and The Bourgeois Empire. She has adapted plays for Luminato, Necessary Angel Theatre Company, and the National Theatre School of Canada. She lives in Ontario.