DescriptionThe Hipflask Series is an improvised dance of unusual forms and genres, played out across four collaborative, pocket-sized collections. Each book comprises a selection of written works that skirt close to (or cross the border into) poetic composition, revealing the dynamic relationship between poetry and other written forms.
The major theme of each Hipflask is extrapolated from one or other of these key aspects of modern poetry – play, appropriation, subtext and conflict – but the result is a series that occupies its own strange niche: mutant miscellanies, oddball assortments. Good for a nip or a shot or a long, deep swig.
What are the things you can’t live with or without? What can we expect from relationships that refuse to resolve themselves one way or the other? You Again collects together accounts of ruinous tension and blighted passion, mixing extracts and cut-ups from famous works with fresh slivers of contemporary writing. There’s romance, of course – but other kinds of entanglement as well, all awash with delight and frustration, rage and joy, hope and perplexity.
Emily Brontë, G. K. Chesterton, Claire Crowther, Lara Frankena, Caroline Gilfillan, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ramona Herdman, Wes Lee, Julia Rose Lewis, A. A. Milne, Claire Orchard, Ovid, Lotte Mitchell Reford, Henry T. Riley, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sappho, Mary Shelley, Paul Stephenson.