Human Resources

Rachel Zolf wins Trillium Book Award for Poetry

Rachel Zolf, author of Human Resources, has won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. The winners of the 2008 Trillium Book Awards were announced by Ontario Minster of Culture Aileen Carroll at a luncheon hosted by the Ontario Media Development Corporation on Thursday, June 12.

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Gary Barwin on Rachel Zolf's Human Resources

On the blog of the fantastic writer Gary Barwin (Raising Eyebrows), you can find an in-depth essay on Rachel Zolf's Human Resources.

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Human Resources in Open Letters Monthly

By Elisa Gabbert
Open Letters Monthly
May 2008

Microreview: Human Resources

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Human Resources

Rachel Zolf

Coach House Books, 2007

Having read a little about Human Resources, I suspected I might 'get' the project pretty quickly and not need or want to finish the whole thing.

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XCP reviews Human Resources

By Joel Bettridge
XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics
Winter 08

Rachel Zolf's new book of poems, Human Resources, enters the tradition of innovative poets writing about Capital by joining it with her exploration of what it means to occupy a lyric subject in our own cultural moment. The book -- through its use of poetry generating programs, corporate instructions for writers, and word database lists -- fashions a subject recognizable to us, one that is multiple and shaped by the IMF, the WTO, and our personal, unavoidable shopping and employment conditions.

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Human Resources shortlisted for the Lambda Award

On March 14, the Lambda Literary Foundation named the finalists for the 2008 Lambda Literary Awards.

Coach House Books is proud to announce that Rachel Zolf's Human Resources is one of the six finalists in the category of LGBT Poetry.

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Poetry Foundation reviews Human Resources

By Christian Bok
Poetry Foundation

Human Resources is the third book of poetry by Rachel Zolf, a writer who capitalizes upon her experience as a part-time employee, composing copytexts for a corporate clientele. Influenced by the ideas of George Bataille (who discusses a 'general economy' of exchange based, not upon recouped scarcity, but upon wasteful excesses), Zolf provides a political critique of quotidian language under capitalism. She showcases the power of poetry to offer us more radical options for expression.

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Unnameable Books lists Top Books of 2007 (and we have 2!)

Unnameable Books in New York City has named their Top 10 Books of 2007, and Coach House Books has published two of them, The Alphabet Game and Human Resources!

Here's what the good people at Unnameable Books have to say:

5. THE ALPHABET GAME: a bpNichol reader
bpNichol, edited by Darren Wershler-Henry and Lori Emerson

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Two of Canada's Top Five!

The Poetry Foundation's blog has their picks for the top five avant-garde poetry books published in Canada in 2007, and Coach House published two of them!

The list includes The Alphabet Game, 'a compendium of material by bpNichol, the poet who has done more than any other writer to promote the values of linguistic radicalism in Canada', and Rachel Zolf’s Human Res

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West Coast Line reviews Human Resources

Rachel Zolf, Human Resources
By Jacqueline Turner
West Coast Line
54

"Rachel Zolf's Human Resources (Coach House Books, 2007) takes on the idea of language 'play' making language work and making that work evident in a way that's fun and funny. I have just contradicted myself, yet in attempting to 'describe' Zolf's work contradiction seems entirely appropriate.

Like an ethnographer of language usage in the corporate world, Zolf shatters dialectics of participant versus observer by pushing the language system both within and beyond capacity.

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Halifax Chronicle-Herald reviews Human Resources

By George Elliott Clarke
The Chronicle-Herald
November 4, 2007

Sang Kim is a Korean-Canadian playwright whose second play, A Dream Called Laundry (KCLF-21, $17.99), deals with the trauma inflicted on survivors of a Japanese Imperial Army rape-camp in Korea in the mid-1940s and their overseas offspring in the later 1970s.

Jewish-Canadian writer Rachel Zolf’s third book of poetry, Human Resources (Coach House, $16.95), extends the verbal and linguistic experimentation of her first two, short-listed books, Masque (2004) and Her absence, this wanderer<

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