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I’m currently reading Helen Hajnoczky’s Poets and Killers: A Life in Advertising (Montreal: Snare, 2010), an anonymous figure’s biography crafted entirely through advertising slogans for products related to the character’s age. With each poem Hajnoczky collages phrases and slogans building biography through consumption. Every deft, uncanny, biographical phrase in Poets and Killers was lifted directly from print advertising; Hajnoczky has not needed to write a single word. Poets and Killers investigates the “individual in a world where we are all sold the same individuality”—all of us living “between the lines of advertising copy.” Poets and Killers gravitates in my library towards Robert Fitterman’s Metropolis XXX, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s Fake Math, Chris Alexander’s Panda and Graham Rawle’s exceptional collage novel Woman’s World.
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