May 20, 2007
Rachel Zolf & Natalie Simpson
Spare Room presents
Two Canadian poets:
Rachel Zolf (Toronto) / Natalie Simpson (Vancouver)
Sunday, May 20th, 7:30 pm
New American Art Union
922 SE Ankeny
$5 suggested donation
Rachel Zolf works days as a corporate communications consultant,
churning out language to fire employees gently or convince them to toe
the corporate line. Her new book Human Resources (Coach House, 2007)
"repurposes" for artistic ends the words and energy she wastes daily.
The book exposes the codes -- programming codes, social codes, political
codes -- that we live under every day that tell us how to act, what to
buy, who to love, who to bomb. Zolf is the author of the poetry
collections Masque (The Mercury Press, 2004) and Her absence, this
wanderer (BuschekBooks, 1999), and was the founding poetry editor for
Natalie Simpson's first collection of poetry, accrete or crumble, was
published by LINEbooks in 2006. She is also the author of several
chapbooks, including Dirty Work, a found-poetry polemic against the oil
industry published in 2005 by No Press. More of her poetry can be found
in Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press) and
Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry (Talonbooks). She is a former
managing editor of filling station magazine in Calgary, AB, and now
lives in Vancouver, BC.
We're in a bit of a holding pattern right now providing
you with a pulse on 'inquiring minds' I'd kill this sen-
On our side of the family my day got totally blown out of
the water push back if you think this is a 'must have.'
We make the call a non-event communication accompa-
niment I can suggest hoarding words like gold.
The new 'go forward' content tailored especially to I'd
wager a guess.
—Rachel Zolf, from Human Resources
heart learns, and quantity theories, and quantity theories correct.
the heart learns emotion, when didn't motion beat. the heart learns
beating two by two by sizes. when the heart beats distinction out,
when flash sounds temper.
constant and temper attractions. heart beats to attraction: the heart
is a fine weave.
—Natalie Simpson, from "bound out"