December 1972

Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1972
10.6 x 11.6cm, 24pp plus wrappers and pictorial dj - artist's book with ten concrete and visual poems and a frontispiece of a toy boat made by Finlay on the first end paper and also the dust jacket.

bottled ships

treats the tradition of making minature boats in bottles as if they are being preserved like tinned fish.
This is one of 350 copies each Signed and numbered by Finlay in ink at the back colophon. The date in some catalogue raisonne are given as 1971 but the colophon indicates with s Xmas publication in 1972.


Dunsyre: Wild Hawthorn Press, 1972
25.9 x 11.4cm, 4pp Xmas card with the descending textL


The words "shippon", "manger" and "crib" are printed in red, the rest in black. A shippon is a cattle shed so the three red words relate to a visual poem of the Jesus birth scene. The other words all relate to ropes and knots or masts in sailing.
The placing of the words all left aligned suggest a mast on a ship. Finlay has referenced ships in the biblical story of the supposed virgin birth (the card "I See Three Ships" is one such example which takes its title from a festive carol) and the arrival of a ship seems to signify a welcoming or greeting of an event for Finlay. Of course the return or arrival of a boat in a fishing village would have such significance when every trip was a risk to the lives of the sailors and by extension the community.
Released as the annual Wild Hawthorn Xmas card the date 25 December is printed at the bottom of the card also in red. VG+.


Epping: The Ember Press, 1972
21 x 15cm, 168pp. Original card covers. A single number of this poetry review - there is an article on Scottish poetry which fails to mention Finlay while claiming McDiarmid is the greatest (then) British living poet - something which must have thrilled Finlay given they had fallen out in the 60s. The cover however reproduces Finlay and Ron Costley's GOURD. A discussion on Gourd can be found in the print section of this Finlay website.