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Two books of poetry by Heather Phillipson / ArtReview

Not an Essay and Instant-flex 718

Two books of poetry by Heather Phillipson

By Oliver Basciano

Instant-flex 718, published by Bloodaxe Books Not an Essay, published by Penned in the Margins

Falling between prose and poem, Not an Essay, a 64-page fragmentary text published in December last year, addresses Deleuzian ideas surrounding the body as object. Phillipson, whose writing complements her art practice, works through, in a series of not-always comfortable juxtapositions, the idea that our flesh and bones are alienated and indeed separated from the cognitive, social self. Meat is a recurring motif. In her opening pages the writer sets the scene: ‘Try as we might to have a creamy…

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