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Ian Hamilton Finlay

I am not a modern man, I am just a wee old fashioned one.

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As a friendly one. I would still like to write concrete poems, but I can only do it sometimes.

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I am always a beginner. I only try to include different parts of life; the pastoral, the tragic, et cetera.

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No, I don't make my work in order to challenge or confuse other people's expectations - I only do what I find natural.

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Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense. It is perhaps not like other modern gardens, but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it.

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But I can only write what the muse allows me to write. I cannot choose, I can only do what I am given, and I feel pleased when I feel close to concrete poetry - still.

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Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry. There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides, it was confused with visual poetry which was completely different.

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For me concrete poetry was a particular way of using language which came out of a particular feeling, and I don't have control over whether this feeling is in me or not.

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I came to these mediums through having the garden, and of course, people who have designed gardens have always worked in collaboration, and never made their own inscriptions.

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What you compose with is neither here nor there, you compose with words, or you compose with stone plants and trees, or you compose with events; the Sheriff's officer, or whatever.

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