Ian Hamilton Finlay by Ian Hamilton Finlay
Selections (Poets for the Millennium)

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This volume surveys the life and work of the Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, who is best known for his extraordinary garden, Little Sparta, a unique “poem of place” in which poetry, sculpture, and horticulture intersect. This book directs sustained attention to Finlay the verbal artist, revealing the full breadth and richness of his poetics. It illuminates the evolution from his early years of composing plays, stories, and lyrical poems to his discovery of Concrete poetry and his emergence as a key figure in the international avant-garde of the 1960s.
 

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Ian Hamilton Finlay (1925-2006) was an acclaimed Scottish poet and artist. Alec Finlay is an artist and poet.
 
Published April 2, 2012 by University of California Press. 334 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Arts & Photography, Travel. Fiction

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Sometimes the fillip comes from the title as in ""Tug at Bay"" (rendered vertically): ""roar/rora/oaro/ atro/roat/taor/rota/toro/orot/otro/toto/otot/toot."" Or from simple commingling (diagonally): ""you/ me/you/me/you/me/you/me/you/me/you/me/us/us/us/us/us/you/me/you/me/you/me/you/me/you."" Othe...

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Finlay's garden Little Sparta is one of the wonders of 20th-century art. Now a collection of his artworks has been brought indoors at the Tate. James Campbell finds clarity and lyricism in the work of a difficult artist

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Scotsman.com

Rollins’ work with the Latino community there and his leadership of a collaborative art group the Kids of Survival is a historic moment in contemporary art.

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Scotsman.com

Recently the Little Sparta Trust appointed a second gardener, George Gilliland, who has a background in gallery work and wrote his thesis on Finlay, to work with Ralph Irving on conserving and maintaining what is Finlay’s greatest art work.

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