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Heather Phillipson is an internationally exhibiting artist and award-winning poet. Instant-flex 718 is her much anticipated first book-length collection. She is already a widely published and anthologised poet. Her Faber New Poets pamphlet appeared in 2009, and her text Not an Essay from Penned in the Margins in 2012. She received substantial publicity as one of the first four writers featured in the Faber New Poets launch, taking part in a national tour supported by extensive TV, radio and newspaper coverage. Heather Phillipson's poems are a protest against well-stitched seams, an off-loading of intellectual baggage, a shout from the deepish channels of fear. With its cover designed by the artist-poet herself, Instant-flex 718 is an operatics of reactivation. 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 has published four volumes of poetry, including two full-length collections with Bloodaxe: Instant-flex 718 (2013), which was shortlisted for the 2013 Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize, and Whip-hot & Grippy (2019). She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2008, a Faber New Poets Award in 2009, was named a Next Generation Poet in 2014, and received Poetry magazine's Friends of Literature Prize in 2016. She is also an award-winning artist, working across video, sculpture, environments, drawing, music and web projects. Solo projects include the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2020, recent exhibitions at Whitechapel Gallery London, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frieze Projects New York and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and major commissions for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and Art on the Underground's flagship site at Gloucester Road station, London. She received the Film London Jarman Award 2016 and the European Short Film Award selection from the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2018.

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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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