Category Archives: Ian Hamilton Finlay

EARTHSHIP

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Ian Hamilton Finlay. EARTHSHIP
Wild Hawthorn Press, 1965 (Murray 4.6)
Rare multiple in printed box, less than 50 made. Silkscreen poem texts stapled together in box which can be taken out and exhibits beautifully – various permutations of the poem depending on arrangement of the organic curved shapes. A highly sought after and very hard to find piece by Finlay – an ingenious Concrete Poem.  (more…)

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Poor Old Tired Horse

Poor Old Tired Horse was published by Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Wild Hawthorn Press and ran for 25 issues from 1961 to 1967.

The magazine took its name from a line in Robert Creeley’s poem “PLEASE”, first appearing in A FORM OF WOMEN (Jargon, 1959):

This is a poem about a horse that got tired. 
Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.

It’s been called “one of the most important visual poetry magazines internationally” and helped introduce Concrete poetry to the UK.

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Ian Hamilton Finlay

Finlay, Ian Hamilton. THE SEA-BED AND OTHER STORIES.
Edinburgh: Castle Wind Printers Limited, (1958)

First Edition of the authors first book with lino-cut illustrations by Zeljko Kujundzik. Stapled card wrappers, in a illustrated dustwrapper, 48 pages.

Short sketches, which contain no hint, aside from a preoccupation with maritime subjects, of the unusual works which would flow from Finlay’s imagination over the ensuing five decades. (Murray3.1)

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Looks for more posts of work from Ian Hamilton Finlay and the Wild Hawthorn Press in the coming weeks.