Alec Finlay

posted in: 2019, Participants | 0
Photo credit: Ken Cockburn

Alec Finlay (Scotland, 1966-) is an artist & poet whose work crosses over a range of media and forms and considers how we relate to landscape and ecology, with a specific interest in place-awareness, hutopianism, rewilding, and wellbeing. Finlay established morning star publications in 1990. He has published over forty books and won seven Scottish Design Awards. Recent publications include a far-off land (2018); gathering published by Hauser & Wirth (2018); th’ fleety wud (2017), minnmouth (2017), A Variety of Cultures (2016), ebban an’ flowan (2015), and Global Oracle (2014).

www.alecfinlay.com

twitter:@AlecFinlay

Events

Northern Poetry Symposium: Inter/Play 10:00-17:00 | Sage Gateshead, Barbour Room

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but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a means to see one another in our selves

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem rethreads the torn subject

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a way to find the self, not remake it

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a transit bus between idiom and idiolect

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a gambit to elude co-opting speech acts

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a route-map through daily complexity

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem renders breath into a series of hops or strides

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is performed on stage for sweeties

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a magic junction in thinking

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a black sun or tinsel sphincter

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a blanket imitation landscape

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is often repeatable, seldom renewable

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is seeing doubled

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the poem is a congenial form of list

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

poems are prose with benefits

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

the trick is getting other people

to write the poem for you

but that has nothing to do with poetry

 

Some lines inspired by comments made by poets interviewed in Anselm Berrigan (ed): What is Poetry? (Just Kidding, I Know You Know): Interviews From the Poetry Project Newsletter