15 Nov POTH (POOR OLD TIRED HORSE) NR 10. 1963.
Edinburgh; Wild Hawthorne Press, 1963
26 x 21cm, 4pp. The ninth tenth of Finlay’s poetry publication with contributions by Robert Frame, Finlay himself, Eugene Gomringer, Anselan Hollo, Dom Sylvester Houedard, Robert Lax and Edwin Morgan. This number was printed in part red on white and was designated by Finlay as “the Concrete number” and all the poems included can be regarded as such. There is an abstract illustration by Robert Frame as an insert (printed b/w).
FROM BURGOS JAIL.
29.5 x 19.5cm, 1pp. Folded. Promotional leaflet printed green and black on white published by Appeal for Amnesty in Spain: for a poetry book protesting fascist political prisoners under Franco.
This was the first issue to break with the previous size format – thereafter while most numbers were 26 x 21cm, some were smaller or even oblong. New printing techniques were being used also – the earliest numbers of POTH were laid up using pretty much only type – these slightly later numbers were pasted up and some typesetting also used (which allowed more flexibility in design and made reproducing visual and concrete works more easy (and accurate).
One poem by Morgan on the back page was mistakenly corrected by the printer (Gaol was corrected to Goal) so each copy was hand altered to indicate the correct format – it should have been thus:
1958 – Goal! Goal! Goal!
1962 – Goal! Goal! Goal!
1964 – Gaol! Gaol! Gaol!