About the Book

Human Resources

Human Resources

April 2003
Trade Paperback · 256 Pages
$14.95 U.S. · £9.99 U.K. · €11.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781552451823
Coach House Books


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Write for buyers. Write for bosses. Think hyper. Think branding. Tell your visitor where to go. Poetry and ?plain language? collide in the writing machine that is Human Resources. Here at the intersection of creation and repackaging, we experience the visceral and psychic cost of selling things with depleted words. Pilfered rhetorics fed into the machine are spit out as bungled associations among money, shit, culture, work and communication. With the help of online engines that numericize language, Human Resources explores writing as a process of encryption.

Deeply inflected by the polyvocality and encoded rhetorics of the screen, Human Resources is perched at the limits of language, irreverently making and breaking meaning. Navigating the crumbling boundaries among page, screen, reader, engine, writer and database, Human Resources investigates wasting words and words as waste ? and the creative potential of salvage.

About the Author

Rachel Zolf has published four previous books of poetry, including Neighbour Procedure and Human Resources, and she has won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, among other honours. She has taught poetry at the New School in New York and at the University of Calgary, and currently lives in Toronto.