Instant-flex 718 Paperback – 25 Apr 2013
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For all the playfulness in Instant-flex 718, it also addresses the weighty issues mortality, the relationship between mind and body, the extinction of species, religion and its lively combination of intelligence, verve and humour makes it a debut that is both unusually accomplished and unusually pleasurable to read. --Carrie Etter, Guardian
A visual artist's debut book-length collection, in which a My Little Pony is mutilated for art's sake and a plate of mashed potato epitomises domestic drift. Levity and a likeable, direct voice make this innovative and entertaining summer reading. --Maria Crawford, Financial Times Summer Reading Guide
Instant-flex 718 is an explosive first collection from a poet and artist who thrills and disconcerts in equal measures. Heather Phillipson's poems fuse subterranean erotic landscapes with the complex pleasures of thought. They conduct a weird, addictive verbal electricity that can both jolt and elate. Handle with care: this book is not for those who like their poetry safely earthed. --Mark Ford
br >Phillipson's work is often very funny as it rebounds from one untenable erotic or intellectual position to another... sounding like the love child of Frank O'Hara and Rosemary Tonks. --Sean O'Brien, Guardian (on Faber New Poets 1-4)
About the Author
Heather Phillipson is an internationally exhibiting artist and award-winning poet. She received an Eric Gregory Award in 2008, a Donut Press mentoring award and a Faber New Poets award in 2009, and a Grants for the Arts Award from Arts Council England in 2011. Her pamphlet was published by Faber and Faber in 2009, and her text NOT AN ESSAY by Penned in the Margins in 2012. Her first book-length collection, Instant-flex 718 (2013), is published by Bloodaxe Books.
As an artist, Heather Phillipson works with video, sculpture and live events. She has recently exhibited at venues including the Whitechapel Gallery (London), the ICA (London), BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead), South London Gallery, Flat Time House (London), Zabludowicz Collection (London) and Kunsthalle Basel (Switzerland).
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