Sea Poppy 2

Sea Poppy 2
(see image below) 
Ian Hamilton Finlay

from 'Sea Poppy 2' by Ian Hamilton Finlay, set by Peter Grant (Wild Hawthorn Press, 1968)

Ian Hamilton Finlay

Ian Hamilton Finlay was a short-story writer, poet, concrete poet, visual and conceptual artist, sculptor, gardener and classical moralist, now internationally recognised for his contributions to each of these spheres of culture. His work is characterised by its semantic brevity, formal inventiveness, wit, beauty, and unwavering engagement with the relationship between civilisation and violence. Finlay produced one of the most noteworthy bodies of twentieth century Scottish art, partly because of his very distance from its recognised idioms.

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About Sea Poppy 2

Sea Poppy 2

This poem was reproduced on a postcard for National Poetry Day 2012. 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 2012 was stars. 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.

Because the shape, colour and design of 'Sea Poppy 2' is integral to its meaning as a concrete poem, we have not reproduced the text alone on this page.  The image here is very close, but not identical, to the original poem which was set as a card in 1968 by Peter Grant, with green lettering on a light blue ground.