Human Resources by Rachel Zolf (Toronto ON: Coach House Books, 2007)
I kill my sentence and Celan is totally blown out of the
water caught up by the Swan's brute squirt.
Not warm hard phallus but Bataille, bleached WASP and
feeling like you've lost your ship.
Can we link this a bit to Leda and his own decomposing,
develop her rhetor-tribadistic touch?
It's a mishmash,
witness the orphan organs and
end-dated out of this sixfold slippage.
A few years in the
making comes Toronto writer Rachel Zolf's magnificent and deeply rich
third poetry collection, Human Resources (Toronto ON: Coach House
Books, 2007), on the heels of her Trillium Book Award shortlisted
Masque (Toronto ON: The Mercury Press, 2004) and Her absence,
this wanderer (Ottawa ON: Buschek Books, 1999). Much in the way Lisa
Robertson brought the language of weather into her poetry collection
The Weather (
The work of the sword and 4 relays cross when we try to
give financial advice. Boss heavily edits to get the 'tone'
right: take a holistic approach to risk management,
steer clear of portfolio potholes and don’t get caught
chasing hot 1125 baby method of surface sale returns.
Strange quirk, since you’ve never worked in a big
company (and often toil all day in pyjamas) yet can still
whip off a snappy business-attire policy. Don’t own a car
but expend many a lubricating word on transmission-
fluid theory. Our regular column on diarrhea evangel-
izes the brand traction, floating out key messages
based on current accrued liability. Don’t settle for 170%
passion and impactful equity in la perruque. Concur with
the psychology of tense selection, vet her specificity-
equals-felicity cathexis, how do you like that human-
How do our
relations change as our language changes? It's a debate held in the
Rob Mclennan is an Ottawa-based writer, editor & publisher, and the author of over a dozen trade collections of poetry, including The Ottawa City Project (Chaudiere Books, 2007), & the novel white (The Mercury Press, 2007), as well as two non-fiction titles, subverting the lyric: essays (ECW Press, 2007) & Ottawa: The Unknown City (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007). He often posts reviews, essays & rants at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com, & he was recently named writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta for the 2007-8 academic year.