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Instant-flex 718
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Instant-flex 718 (Paperback)

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Issuing from the body-mind's grisly interwedge, Heather Phillipson's poems are a protest against well-stitched seams, an off-loading of intellectual baggage, a shout from the deep-ish channels of fear. The much anticipated debut collection from a writer of substantial note and reputation, Instant-flex 718 is an operatics of reactivation. Splicing the leftovers of culture with spurious monologues discharged from an arrhythmic right ventricle or a mouth filled with half-chewed peanuts, the poems unpick and destabilise. The poet is a plasterer, entering the spits and drips with urgency. Previously published in the Faber New Poets series, and an internationally exhibiting artist, Phillipson has an impertinence and dynamism incomparably her own. Her poems observe the ordinary world stagger.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd Publication Date: 25/04/2013 ISBN-13: 9781852249700  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Heather Phillipson is an internationally exhibiting artist and award-winning poet. She has published three collections of poetry: a pamphlet with Faber & Faber in 2009; NOT AN ESSAY (Penned in the Margins, 2012); and her first book-length poetry collection, Instant-flex 718 (Bloodaxe Books, 2013), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Her second book-length poetry collection, Whip-hot & Grippy, is due from Bloodaxe in 2019. She was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014 and is a regular contributor to ArtReview magazine. As an artist she works across video, sculpture, drawing, music, text and live events. Forthcoming projects include the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2020, and significant solo shows at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Art on the Underground's flagship site at Gloucester Road station in 2018. She was Artist in Residence at the Drawing Room London in 2017 and received the Film London Jarman Award 2016. Recent solo exhibitions include: Whitechapel Gallery London, Images Festival Toronto, Frieze Projects New York and the 32nd Sao Paolo Biennale (all 2016). Schirn Frankfurt, the 14th Istanbul Biennial, Performa New York, Sheffield Doc/Fest (with Serpentine Galleries), and Opening Times (otdac.org) (all 2015). Events include: Assembly, Tate Britain; the flavour of cooling enormities, Serpentine Gallery; Nuovo Monde, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and BOG-STANDARD REFRESHER, a live music event at the ICA, London. Her work is held in a number of public and private collections.

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Heather Phillipson may have been named one of the Poetry Book Society's Next Generation poets of 2014, but she isn't just an accomplished poet. She's also a visual artist, and it shows – not only in the cover (which she designed) but in the way she uses words, images and juxtaposition with an astonishingly fresh inventiveness, forcing you to see language and the world anew: in different colours, from odd angles, upside-down or inside-out or strangely, sensically scrambled. And if that doesn't convince you, perhaps poems like 'German Phenomenology Makes Me Want to Strip and Run through North London' or 'Red Slugs in Every Irrelevant Direction' will. 

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Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 29/03/2015

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