Ian Hamilton Finlay
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Ian Hamilton Finlay
Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry. There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides, it was confused with visual poetry…
Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense. It is perhaps not like other modern gardens, but I think that other times would have…
If the work is pure then you have to think it could be understood. If it is not understood it doesn’t mean that your work…
I came to these mediums through having the garden, and of course, people who have designed gardens have always worked in collaboration, and never made…
However, I don’t feel the world is looking over my shoulder when I am working – I never think about this at all. What I…
For me concrete poetry was a particular way of using language which came out of a particular feeling, and I don’t have control over whether…
But you have to understand that I consider myself a very modest artist, or whatever, and not of importance really at all – it is…
The same sort of thing happened in my dispute with the National Trust book: Follies: A National Trust Guide, which implied that the only pleasure…
No, I don’t make my work in order to challenge or confuse other people’s expectations – I only do what I find natural.
I am not a modern man, I am just a wee old fashioned one.
As a friendly one. I would still like to write concrete poems, but I can only do it sometimes.
I am always a beginner. I only try to include different parts of life; the pastoral, the tragic, et cetera.
What you compose with is neither here nor there, you compose with words, or you compose with stone plants and trees, or you compose with…
My position is that since the non-secular status of my garden is not recognised by the law; by the world of the public, then the…
But I can only write what the muse allows me to write. I cannot choose, I can only do what I am given, and I…
But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings. This was my idea, but…
I have often said that just as the French revolution, for instance, understood itself through antiquity, I think our time can be understood through the…
People have always found me challenging – I don’t know why, when I am only being myself. I don’t understand why they find me so…
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