Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ian Hamilton Finlay, Echoes Series, Wild Hawthorn Press: Little Sparta, Scotland, 1994

I don't pretend to know what's happening in this accordion by the incorrigible Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay. With this piece he takes up one of his persistent themes — the post-revolutionary period in France and the Jacobins, one of the more radical groups formed in this period, and who were responsible for the Reign of Terror from 1793-94.

The first quote is from Guillaume Apollinaire, the second by Finlay himself and the third by the distinguished art historian Stephen Bann, a friend who has written and lectured extensively about Finlay's fascinating and complex works.

4 pages, one-sided, individual pages 5.25"(h) x 4"(w), when opened 16".

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