from A hyakuin renga in summer

from A hyakuin renga in summer
shrivelled little figs
that never made it
to the table

  swirling a late cup of milky tea
  what she’d like is sunshine

wedding day breakfast
coffee with whisky
then whisky

  eggs over easy
  on rye

like sprinkled pepper
these moles on your back
or stars

David Connearn, Gerrie Fellows, Colin Will, Peter Manson, Alec Finlay
Alec Finlay

from a hyakuin renga in Summer

the gardens, tramway

31 July - 1 August

Reproduced by permission of the authors.
Alec Finlay

Alec Finlay was born in Scotland in 1966. He is an artist, poet and publisher. He now lives and works in the North East of England. In 2002 he became the first BALTIC artist in residence. Most recently he has worked as an artist in residence at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where he has been creating a series of art projects on themes connected with nature and contemporary culture – Avant-Garde English Landscape. He set up the Morning Star small press which publishes the Folios and the pocketbooks series. Recent books include Turning Toward Living (Platform Projects, 2004), Shared Writing, (Platform Projects, 2005), Ludwig Wittgenstein: There Where You Are Not (Blackdog , 2006), Mesostic Herbarium (Platform Projects, 2004), Wind Blown Clouds (Morning Star, 2005), Be My Reader (Bristol, Shearsman, 2012), the pamphlet Question your Teaspoon (Calder Wood, 2012), and a better tale to tell (Studio Alec Finlay, 2015).

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Hyakuin Renga in Summer National Poetry Day postcard 2004

This poem was reproduced on a postcard for National Poetry Day 2004. Eight poetry postcards are published each year by the Scottish Poetry Library to celebrate National Poetry Day and are distributed throughout Scotland to schools, libraries and other venues. The theme for 2004 was food. You can find out more about National Poetry Day in our National Poetry Day pages, where you'll also find resources to go with the poems.