2007 - 2021

Poor. Old. Tired. Horse

Ian Hamilton Finlay’s experimental visual poetry magazine Poor. Old. Tired. Horse (1962–68) is now online.

Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. is one of the most important visual poetry magazines internationally. The magazine began to publish an increasing amount of visual poetry starting with issue 5. Finlay (1925-2006) would eventually distance himself from visual poetry in favour of his Wild Hawthorne Press, poetic objects and his monumental Little Sparta.


Borrowing its name from a Robert Creeley poem and published through Finlay’s imprint the Wild Hawthorn Press, Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. (or POTH as it is often referred to) introduced the United Kingdom to poetry from all over the world and to explore the visual presentation of poetry through the use of drawings, woodcuts, calligraphy and typographic design.


Includes work by Ronald Johnson, Edwin Morgan, George Mackay Brown, Eli Siegel, Jerome Rothenberg, Hugh Creighton Hill, Stuart Mills, Anonymous, Pedro Xisto, Alan Riddell, Martin Seymour-Smith, Kenelm Cox, Giles Gordon, Douglas Young, Edward Lucie-Smith, Stephen Bann, Dick Sweeter, Astrid Gillis, Oswald de Andrade, Ernst Jandl, Gael Turnbull, Aram Saroyan, Jonathan Williams,  Peter Stitt, Yury Pankratov, Andrei Voznesenky, Vladimir Mayakovsky, El Lissitsky, A. Khlebnikov, Spike Hawkins, Jonathan Williams, Alexander Tardovskii, Velemir Khlebnikov and Mary Ellen Solt, Peter Stitt, Paul Fort, Lorine Niedecker, Ronald Johnson, Rocco Scotellaro, Libby Houston, John Gray and Paulo Marcos de Andrade, Robert Lax, Eugen Gomringer, Anselm Hollo, Augusto de Campos,  dom sylvester houédard, Ernst Jandl,John Furnivall, Guillaume Apollinaire, Marvin Malone, Lorine Niedecker, Jerome Rothenberg, Ronald Johnson, Margot Sandeman, Eli Siegel, Hamish MacLaren, Theodore Enslin, Libby Houston, R.L. Cook, Pierre Albert-Birot, Enrique Uribe, Francis Ponge, Ernst Jandl, Tristan Tzara, Hermann Hesse, Barry Cole, Jonathan Williams, Spike Hawkins.and Ian Hamilton Finlay.

All on Ubu here.




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