December 1971

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1971
12.5 x 9.1cm, 4pp. Artist's card with a photographic image of a kite on the front. Internally the text reads: "Willing Wings. A Wild Hawthorn kite sets off on a leaflet raid, it's target The Arts Council of Great Britain, or possibly Fulcrum Press. New Year, 1971."
The kite - one of Finlay's handmade toys - is here weaponised. Finlay by 1971 had fallen out with the Arts Council and also the Fulcrum Press (over the production of the fifth edition of The Dancers Inherit the Party" which they had published claiming it was the first edition. This is the first card published by Finlay with an intent of attacking his enemies.

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Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1971
21 x 12.5cm, 4pp. Artist's card with a reproduced painting by Ian Gardner tipped on the card and opposite a text: "Elegy for Whimbrel and Petrel/petrol". A whimbrel is a wading bird and petrel is another sea bird that spends much of its time on the wing rather than on the sand hence between the two animals both sand and sky birds are represented. The elegy - the poem - is a sad consideration of the effects of pollution on seaside bird life. Opposite the boat in the painting is beached and has its sails ripped - hence it appears petrol fuelled boats are replacing the more traditional vessels much to Finlay's dismay. VG+.

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Edinburgh: Richard Demarco Gallery, 1971
25 x 15cm, 6pp (single sheet printed one side only in turquoise and black). Demarco's monthly programme of events which lists an Ian Hamilton Finlay exhibition of Neon Poems and Net-Floats: the publication doubled as an exhibition catalogue. One b/w image of Finlay (obscured by sails) boating on Lock Echan. VG+ Scarce.

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