15 May POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 6. 1963. THE FIRST NUMBER OF POTH WITH A CONCRETE/VISUAL POEM.
Edinburgh; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1963
30 x 21cm, 4pp. The sixth number of Finlay’s monthly poetry publication with contributions by Bernard Kops, Larry Eigner, J.F. Hendry, Attila Jozsef (translated by J.F. Hendry and Edwin Morgan), Louis Zukofsky, Mary Ellen Solt, Günter Grass (translated by Jerome Rothenberg), Michael Shayer, Spike Hawkins, Marcelo Moura, Pedro Xista, and Augusto de Campos. This example is overall VG if slightly browned. Copies were sold for 9d each and were sometimes taken around Universities or sold at poetry / literature evenings as well as by subscription.
Importantly this was the first number of POTH that contains a work that is clearly identifiable as a concrete or visual poem – the back cover has three works by Marcelo Moura, Pedro Xista, Augusto de Campos which Finlay notes are “Concrete Poems from Brazil”. It appears it was the South American poets who first gained Finlay’s attention and led him to primarily work in the milieu.
Some copies of POTH Nr 6 have a printed slip inserted announcing that “From now on, P.O.T.H. will contain graphic art as well as poetry” – although this copy does not have that slip – but that is a further indication that this was a pivotal number of the journal.