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Poets and Killers: A Life in Advertising

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Advertising constructs us, always addressing, "You." But who is this person, this "you" that advertising addresses? Poets and Killers answers this question by telling the life story of a man through advertising. Beginning in the 1940s when he is born, working up to 2009 when he dies, Poets and Killers uses lines taken directly from advertisements to write the main characte ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published October 10th 2010 by Snare Books
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Ariel Gordon
Poets and Killers: A Life in Advertising (Snare, 80 pages, $12) by Calgary-based feminist scholar Helen Hajnoczky is another intriguing debut.

Hajnoczky sets the tone for her with a (somewhat condensed) epigraph from Aldous Huxley: "It's easier to write 10 passably effective sonnets than one effective advertisement."

Poets and Killers is composed entirely of advertising copy, culled from the 1940s to the present day. As such, Hajnoczky didn't so much write these poems as shape them.

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Brent
The first book by a friend of mine. Looking forward to reading it.
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Perfect tonic for anyone blindly drunk on Mad Men’s gin.
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From the cover of "Poets and Killers":

Helen Hajnoczky holds a BA Honours in English and Creative Writing from the University of Calgary, where her research focused on contemporary feminist avant-garde poetics. Her work has appeared in fillingStation, Matrix, NoD, Rampike, and Speechless magazines, as well as in a variety of chapbooks. She has served as assistant editor of NoD magazine, as poetry e
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