Heart of the New West  Poem and photo by Helen Hajnoczky Made by Helen Hajnoczky and Julya Hajnoczky Staple binding, pearl print photo cover, 3 pages of poetry, 1 photograph October, 2018

Heart of the New West
Poem and photo by Helen Hajnoczky
Made by Helen Hajnoczky and Julya Hajnoczky
Staple binding, pearl print photo cover, 3 pages of poetry, 1 photograph
October, 2018

Heart of the New West

“It’s just like a real city!“

In 2011 the City of Calgary sought a new slogan. They hired a firm, but the firm didn’t come up with much. CBC Calgary set up an online “Welcome to Calgary!” sign where citizens could type in their suggestions. Needless to say, users immediately hijacked the page to enter jokes and gripes about cowtown. Users can view the “suggestions” made by others—in fact, the website is still active: https://www.cbc.ca/calgary/features/slogan/

This chapbook quotes a list of these suggestions, the earnest and jokey, the bitter and affectionate, to paint a portrait of Calgary at the height of its most recent boom.

You can find a video of Helen Hajnoczky reading this poem here: https://vimeo.com/24425908

This chapbook was created for Calgary Canzine 2018. Copies are available on their own, or as part of the Canzine ?! Press Pack.