alec finlay (poems)

Alec Finlay is an artist and poet based in Edinburgh. He has adopted such innovative poetic forms such as the mesostic, embedded-poem, and circle-poem. Recent poetic works include today today today (Playspace, 2013), A Company of Mountains (morning star, 2013) Be My Reader (Shearsman, 2012), and Question Your Teaspoons (Calder Wood Press, 2012). He has published over twenty books and has won two Scottish Design Awards. In 2010 Finlay was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. He blogs regularly at

Alec also is a walking artist, who has written poems based on Basho’s journey as well as the poems featured here, which follow and riff on Boswell and Johnson’s 1773 journey to the Hebrides. This project invites people to join in readings and guided walks of the areas described by Johnson and Boswell and revised to fit today’s concerns. For more on the project:

Read “in the manner of Arthur Johnston’s Nobiles Scoti, Episcopi Scoti” poems