Whip-hot & Grippy is a highly innovative ‘collection of possibilities in a state of emergency’. The first part is a series of long-form and sequenced poems punctuated by recurring muzak, advertising-speak, sex scenes, terrorism, broadcast media, consumption-anxiety, protest, and human-animal relations. The book culminates in more flinching, a multi-part poem first published and freely distributed in an exhibition in which news of a military dog, shot in service, was merged with the death of a pet dog.
Whip-hot & Grippy is Heather Phillipson's second collection, following her highly praised debut, Instant-flex 718, published by Bloodaxe in 2013.
‘Heather Phillipson’s whip-smart and glitchy Whip-hot & Grippy…’s at the centre of a school I tentatively labelled the New Witchcraft in these pages; they’re all deliciously OTT, and have urgent things to say.’ – Tristram Fane-Saunders, The Telegraph (Christmas Poetry Books 2019)
'It’s been a brilliant year for poetry: in particular, I’ve loved Nisha Ramayya’s States of the Body, Produced by Love (Ignota), Heather Phillipson’s Whip-hot and Grippy (Bloodaxe), Rachael Allen’s Kingdomland (Faber), and Tom Betteridge’s Dressings (Materials).' - Helen Charman, The White Review (Books of the Year 2019)
‘Next year Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth will hold an enormous dollop of whipped cream, topped with a cherry, a fly and a buzzing drone. Created by British artist and author Heather Phillipson, that sugar-rush sculpture – surreal, witty and grotesque – captures the essence of her poetry.’ – Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph (choosing Whip-hot & Grippy as his Poetry Book of the Month for April 2019)
‘At times tender..., comic/visceral… and philosophical… this epic plays out in multiple poetic forms, both visual and linguistic.’ – Oliver Basciano, ArtReview [on the more flinching’ sequence from Whip-hot & Grippy]
'Phillipson’s poetry is vibrant, glossy and weird. There is an awful lot to take in, but the audacity and ambition are undeniable.' - Charlie Baylis, The London Magazine [on Whip-hot & Grippy]
'Much of Whip-Hot & Grippy is a lurid, loud, and technicolour blurring of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture... In its nihilism, references to pop culture, destabilising ridicule of everyone and everything, Phillipson’s work is exactly what I want, all the time.' - Jenna Clake, The Poetry School
USA: Click here to order from Indiebound or Bookshop.org