Helen Hajnoczky’s first collection Poets and Killers, is high concept poetry. Her plan was to satirize advertising by imagining the life of an advertising man (1940 –2010) and narrating his story though lines taken from ads. Unfortunately, the found material is not very interesting, nothing on the level of the witty Vancouver magazine Adbusters. The poems are followed by an explanatory essay to make sure that we get it. An episode of the television series Mad Men offers more insight into advertising, without the preachiness.
Bert Almon teaches a poetry masterclass with Derek Walcott at the University of Alberta. His most recent book is Waiting for the Gulf Stream (Hagios Press).