Neighbour Procedure

Neighbour Procedure

by Rachel Zolf
     
 

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Winner of the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry


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

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Winner of the 2008 Trillium Book Award for Poetry


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.

‘In this bad-mouthing and incandescent burlesque, Rachel Zolf transforms a necessary social anger into the pure fuel that takes us to “the beautiful excess of the unshackled referent.” We learn something new about guts, and about how dictions slip across one another, entwining, shimmering, wisecracking. For Zolf, political invention takes precedent, works the search engine.’ – Lisa Robertson

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'Neighbour Procedure … pack[s] an intellectual punch that reminds us, once again, of the powerhouse generations of innovative feminist poets that continually challenge and transform our understanding of what poetic texts can do.' – Matrix Magazine

'Rachel Zolf brings an incredible range of readings to bear on the poetic line. If there is a mixing of media within these lines, there is also a proliferation of tongues, an effort to let language collide to produce a more acute and anguished experience of war … This is a courageous and moving work that feels like the struggle of a lifetime condensed into potent lines.’ – Judith Butler, critical theorist and author of Gender Trouble

‘Politics and poetry are a volatile mix. Yes, except that the voices of war and terrorism are themselves defiantly both. Zolf shows us this truth, and so her lyrics s(t)ing, acidly.’ – George Elliott Clarke, author of George and Rue

‘This book is a sharp, painful cry against the tyranny of the monologic.’ – Charles Bernstein, author of Girly Man and Attack of the Difficult Poems

Neighbour Procedure is the most realized conceptual-modular book of political poetry I've read to date; Zolf's language-motion escapes several nation-states' culture capture zones while re-threading the very notion of "self"-representational purposivity.’ – Rodrigo Toscano, author of Collapsible Poetics Theatre

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781770562677
Publisher:
Coach House Books
Publication date:
02/22/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
676 KB

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Meet 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 honors. She collaborated with New York artist Josiah McElheny on a film that premiered at Art Basel Miami 2012. She has taught poetry at the New School and University of Calgary but left the institution to write junk mail for a living.

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