Published by Bloodaxe Books
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.Phillipson's much anticipated debut collection, 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. An internationally exhibiting artist, Phillipson has an impertinence and dynamism incomparably her own. Her poems observe the ordinary world stagger.
'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.
'Heather Phillipson’s poems display heroic bafflement...a humour both quirky and robust' – Andrew McCulloch, Times Literary Supplement.
'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.
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 poems have been published and broadcast widely, most recently in magazines and journals such as Manhattan Review, Poetry London and The Rialto, and anthologies including Jubilee Lines, edited by Carol Ann Duffy (Faber and Faber, 2012), London: a History in Verse, edited by Mark Ford (Harvard University Press, 2012), and Stop Sharpening Your Knives, vols. 3, 4 & 5 (Eggbox, 2009/10/12).