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Mid-Pacific Elements by Ian Hamilton Finlay
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This actually has an Amazon listing - complete w/ ISBN number! Shocking! We're talking about a 3 inch high by 4.5 inch wide fold-out that opens into something 22.5 inches wide. The fold-out shows, from left-to-right, fighter planes flying over the ocean followed by 4 views of exploding warships. Each of these 4 has a title: FireWater (an obvious pun), ShellFire, Samphire (different edible plants that grow in coastal areas), & Ise (a class of battleship in the Imperial Japanese Navy). SO, yet another Finlay publication that very simply combines maritime references w/ some more metaphoric poetic element.

By the by, you can see this entire thing scanned near the bottom of my article about Instagram Poetry (wch this is presented as a counterexample to): http://idioideo.pleintekst.nl/Instagr...

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June 21, 2008 – Shelved
June 21, 2008 – Shelved as: artists-books

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message 1: by Slackyb (new)

Slackyb I'm familiar with this name (from years ago) and associate it with experimental art, perhaps associated with text. Is there a way to describes the subjects his work generally concerns?

Tentatively, Convenience He's often thought of as a Concrete Poet. I think what people generally like about it is how absolutely stripped-down it is. He makes sculptures for gardens with words on them, just one or a few, for example. I've reviewed other work by him on Goodreads that you could look at & I scanned the small artist's books I have on my page that critiques Instagram Poetry: http://idioideo.pleintekst.nl/Instagr... .

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