Scriptorium St. Francis Press ~ California
(Thomas Ingmire)

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Thomas Ingmire is an American calligrapher, born in 1942 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1977 he became the first American elected to England's Society of Scribes and Illuminators with a craft membership status. He is one of the illuminators of the St. John's Bible.
   

Artist's monthly practice journals
Bookworks with text by Lorca
Collaborations with poets
Single sheets by Thomas Ingmire


 
   
Going up to Sun Terrace:
a tribute to Ezra Pound and Li Po's Shangyangtai

Poem by David Annwn
Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2015.
Edition of 50.

5 x 6.5"; 18 pages. Digital printing on Japanese paper. Bound in paper wraps with Japanese stab binding. Each cover of the edition with an original ink drawing and collage by Thomas Ingmire. Calligraphy and book design by Ingmire. Signed by the artist.

A printed edition of a visual/verbal book by Thomas Ingmire with poetry by David Annwn. Based on a unique book with the same title.

Thomas Ingmire: "2015 marks the 130th anniversary of Ezra Pound’s birth and the 100th anniversary of his beginning to write THE CANTOS. David Annwn, with his poem, Going Up to Sun Terrace, pays tribute to these anniversaries and to the influence Pound has had on his own work. The books also includes Pound's The River Merchant's Wife, a letter, and Li Po's Shangyangtai."
$165

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The Night
By Georg Trakl
Translation by Robert Firmage
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010.
One-of-a-Kind.

9.5 x 7.5"; 24 pages. Collage elements in text pages. Calligraphy, illumination, and drawings by Thomas Ingmire. Painted cover. Hand sewn binding. Laid in a letter-fold envelope illustrated with collage elements.

A visual/verbal book.

I sing you, wild chasm,
Mountains towered up
In nightstorm;
You gray towers
Brimming with hellish grimaces, .....

Georg Trakl (1887 - 1914) was a World War I medical officer and poet whose work attracted the patronage of Wittgenstein.

www.georg-trakl.com: "Georg Trakl is considered one of the most extraordinary poets and most important exponents of Austrian Expressionism."
$3,900


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In 2009 Ingmire began saving his daily calligraphy practice pages. He began to bind them by month into individual books.
 
Cafe Chronicles, December, 2014
Calligraphy and Drawings by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5 x 7.5"; 36 pages. 5.5 x 7.5"; 36 pages. Calligraphy. Line drawing. Bound in painted covers with collage elements. Sewn binding. Signed and dated by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire: "The February 2014 drawings were all done in Cafe Puccini [in San Francisco's North Beach]. Many pages of the book had previously made calligraphic elements including letters from the alphabet, short texts, and abstract drawings. Also, towards the end of the month I added short poems and parts of poems by Kaye McDonough, who I met one morning at the cafe. 'Paris in the twenties lasted forty years' is one of her poems. Kaye was a long time North Beach poet/resident who now lives and teaches on the East Coast. She was in town to do a reading at City Lights. I am thinking to continue with the idea of juxtaposing and drawing with a poem on a daily basis. It seems like an activity that would be good for one's mind. It also enables me to explore curious relationships between words and image."
$925

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Cafe Chronicles, December, 2013
Calligraphy and Drawings by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

5.5 x 7.5"; 36 pages. Calligraphy. Line drawing. Bound in painted covers with collage elements. Sewn binding. Signed and dated by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire: "The December drawings were all done in Cafe Puccini [in San Francisco's North Beach]. Each month I try to add or change my approach to creating the pages. Some months I have used color. Other months I have pasted collage elements on the pages before beginning. In months where I have not made this kind of beginning, I wait for something to happen, or just enjoy observing how the act of drawing each day changes what I do or how I see a page. In mid month of this book, for no explicable reason, I happened to change my process by creating the drawings before writing the date; the result being that the drawing and writing seemed to be more integrated both in character and in composition."
$925

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A Daily Book
November 2010

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 7.25"; 36 pages. Watercolor. Pen and ink. Cover collaged and painted. Handsewn binding.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of November 2010. Each day occupies one page.

Splashes of color amid black ink and calligraphic musings on war, peace, and humanity. One page of white on white experimentation.

Thomas Ingmire: "This book includes many short poems and phrases by William Stafford from the book titled Every War has Two Losers."
$1,200


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01 - 2010
A Book of Days - January, 2010

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010.
One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 7.75"; 38 pages. Collaged and painted cover. Handsewn binding. Paper wrapper with back page of journal slipping into back interior of wrapper.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of January 2010. Each day occupies one page.

The first page of the first month of 2010 starts with Japanese calligraphy and the notation "The year of the tiger."
$1,200

 


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03 - 2010
A Book of Days - March 2010

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010.
One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 7.75"; 44 pages. Collaged and painted cover. Handsewn binding. Paper wrapper with back page of journal slipping into back interior of wrapper.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of March 2010. Each day occupies one page.

Calligraphic meanderings including a Dog Day (the 29th): "I am I because my little dog knows me even if the little is a big one…"
$1,200

 


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10-09
A Book of Days - October 2009

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2009.
One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 7.75"; 40 pages. Painted cover page. Hand sewn binding. Paper wrapper with back page of journal slipping into back interior of wrap.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of October 2009. Each day occupies one page. Calligraphy on each page. References indicate that during this month Ingmire traveled to Berlin.
$1,200

 


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12-09
A Book of Days - December 2009

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2009.
One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 7.75"; 40 pages. Collaged and painted cover. Hand sewn binding. Paper wrapper with back page of journal slipping into back interior of wrap.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of December 2009. Each day occupies one page. Calligraphy on each page. Two extra pages of notes at the end of the journal describe a project that involved creating a poem.
$1,200

 


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Unique calligraphy books using the words of Spanish poet Frederico Garcia
Lorca (1898 - 1936)
 
SAETAS
By Federico García Lorca
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2015. One-of-a-Kind.

5.375 x 8"; 30 pages. Calligraphy and drawing by Thomas Ingmire. Laid in a Plexiglas container. Signed by the artist.

Selections from Federico Garcia Lorca’s Poem of the Deep Song / Poema del Cante Jondo, the poets first mature work, written in 1921 when he was 23. The saeta is an emotional Spanish religious song with diverse influences – among them gypsy culture, Catholicism, and Flamenco music.

Thomas Ingmire: "A number of the pages were originally studies prepared during the making of SAETAS, SONGS OF ARROWS, a unique book created in collaboration with Manuel Neri in 2008. The sketches were trimmed and reassembled as a book and the poetry and illuminations were added to the pages."

Colophon: "The poem selections are from 'Poem of the Deep Song' translated by Cola Franzen. Christopher Maurer, and Robert Nasatir, in Federico García Lorca's 'Collected Poems' Revised Edition, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, N.Y. 2002."
$3,200 (in exhibition)

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Suites: Song
Poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca
Drawings and Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010.
One-of-a-Kind.

7.75 x 10"; 28 pages. Handsewn binding. Laid in wrapper of handpainted papers with slip on title band. Translation by Jerome Rothenberg.

Colophon: "Inspiration from this book springs from an artists' book collaboration featuring original drawings by Manuel Neri and my calligraphic interpretations of poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca. This Lorca / Neri project, spanning the years 2007-2010 gave me a unique appreciation of the visual and emotional links between the creations of these two artists."

Thomas Ingmire: "This is another book that has been inspired by my work with Manuel Neri and the poetry of Lorca. Most of the work that I had done with the commission had involved, for the lack of better words, Lorca's more despairing poetry. I wanted to do something fairly straight forward with a few of his lighter, playful poems. I chose three poems and balanced them against the simple pastel figure drawings. With the drawings I wanted to capture the directness and simplicity of form that I always see in Manuel Neri's drawings."

$3,700

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Some Souls
February 8, 1920

a poem
by Federico García Lorca
translation by Catherine Brown
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010.
One-of-a-Kind.

7.625 x 9 x 1"; 30 pages. Calligraphy, illumination, and drawings by Thomas Ingmire. Collaged and painted cover. Hand sewn binding. Housed in a box with a clear Plexiglas cover.

A visual/verbal book.

Some souls
have blue stars
morning pressed
between leaves of time
and chaste corners
with an ancient
murmur of nostalgia
and dreams. ...

$4,300


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Thomas Ingmire: "These unique books are part of a larger project that involves my collaboration with 11 poets. The project concerns itself with interactions between poetry, music, and calligraphy. In response to an abstract calligraphic visual image, each poet has either written a poem or selected a previously written poem that they see as having a correspondence with the image. The final interpretations are the result of a dialogue between the poet and myself."
   

COLOURS
Poem by Angeline Yap
Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 8.5" leporello book with 8 pages. Laid in stiff paper portfolio embellished with Ingmire's abstract water color. Signed by Ingmire.

Scriptorium St. Francis Press: "Angeline Yap is a Singaporean writer who has contributed her poetry to various journals and anthologies since the early 1970's. She has been working with the Creative Arts Programme since 1996.

"This unique book is part of a larger project that involved a collaboration involving Thomas Ingmire and 11 poets. The project concerns itself with interactions between poetry, music, and calligraphy. Angeline choose the poem
Colours specifically for the project."

i paint my words in watercolour;
the blues of my brush spread the sighing of wind; ...

$2,200 (in exhibition)


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ORIGAMI [Version I]
Poem by Marjorie Evasco
Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 7"; 28 pages. Calligraphy, illumination, design, and binding by Thomas Ingmire. Laid in a stiff paper portfolio. Paper band closure with title in gilt. Signed by Ingmire.

Thomas Ingmire: "Marjorie Evasco is from the Philippines. She is one of the earliest Filipina feminist poets. and has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from De La Salle University-Manila where she now teaches.

"This unique book is also part of a the larger project involving the interactions between poetry, music, and calligraphy. Marjorie choose the poem
Origami specifically for this work. It is her most famous poem and has been 'transcreated' into a number of forms: A Filipina pop singer named Nityalila, has created a musical version of the poem, and it has also been the inspiration for a performance work by IPAG, a performing arts guild. That performance in particular influenced the design of this book."
$1,900 (in exhibition)

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ORIGAMI [Version 2]
a visual/verbal book by Thomas Ingmire
Poetry by Marjorie Evasco
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2013. One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 7"; 12 leaves with three fold-out pages. Calligraphy, illumination, design, and binding by Thomas Ingmire. Adapted concertina binding. Hand-sewn binding with stiff paper covers.

Thomas Ingmire: "Marjorie Evasco, from the Philippines, is one of the earliest Filipina feminist poets and has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from De LaSalle University-Manila where she now teaches.

"She is quite well known in the Philippines, and 'Origami' is her most famous poem. A Filipina pop singer named Nityalila has created a musical version of the poem, and it has also been transcreated to performance by (IPAG), a performing Arts Guild. The poem was first published in Dream Weavers: Selected Poems, 1976-1986
by Editorialand Media Resources, 1987."
$2,750 (in exhibition)

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Out of the Air
[Version I]

Poetry: David Annwn
Drawings: Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2012.
One-of-a-kind.

9 x 10.5"; 12 pages including fold out. Original calligraphy, illumination, and drawing. Pamphlet sewn binding in paper wraps with gilt embellishments on cover. Laid in paper portfolio with handpainted and collaged cover.

Thomas Ingmire: "This book records an experimental research with the British poet David Annwn. ... It is a process by which a writer creates one text in relation to an image, the visual artist then creates a new image in relation to that text, and the writer then makes another text in relation to the second image, and so on, in a chain or path of responses.

"The sequence in this book was initiated by one of my non-verbal calligraphic images. David made a spontaneous poetic response that I have written in a formal italic hand. My subsequent visual responses are readable, but always play at the edge of legibility; nevertheless David always views these works as images. As well as being a new research for the poet, the process prompts interesting questions about calligraphy…word or image?"
$2,000


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Out of the Air
[Version II]

Poetry: David Annwn
Drawings: Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2012.
One-of-a-kind.

11.5 x 15.75"; 36 pages. Original calligraphy, illumination, and drawing. Hand sewn pamphlet style binding with title in gilt lettering on front cover. Laid in paper portfolio with handpainted and collaged cover.

Thomas Ingmire: "This book records an experimental research with the British poet David Annwn.' Reactive, correlative or reciprocal successive ekphrasis' is the term that he proposes as a description of the work. It is a process by which a writer creates one text in relation to an image, the visual artist then creates a new image in relation to that text, and the writer then makes another text in relation to the second image, and so on, in a chain or path of responses.

"The sequence in this book was initiated by a non-verbal calligraphic image (page 2 in the book) by Ingmire. Annwn made a spontaneous poetic response that has been written by Ingmire on the facing page 1. The back and forth process yielded seven poems by Annwn that are coupled with Ingmire's calligraphic responses. The book also includes a number of alternative images and sketches."

David Annwn, Flying Through - Poetry/Calligraphy collaborations with Thomas Ingmire: "In his art, Thomas has renewed for me the awareness of visual forms and language as fields of kinetic and unpredictable energies and he has also reminded me that the collaborator’s consciousness in such procedures is not that of the impassive observer sitting back and ruminating over the materials, but of a correlative energy swooping and flying through."
$4,800


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Puzzle in the Mirror
By Paul Kwan
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2012.
One-of-a-Kind.

9 x 10.25"; 8 pages. Modified accordion structure. Rives BFK white paper. 24k gold leaf and white gold leaf on traditional gesso and gum bases. Bound in black paper wraps. Signed by poet and calligrapher.

Poetry by Paul Kwan with calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire.

Thomas Ingmire: "Paul Kwan and his partner, Arnold Iger, are primarily known as film makers. Anatomy of a Springroll, a one hour long video commissioned by Independent Television Service (ITVS) for national PBS, is one of their most important co-ventures. Paul's poetry adds a special dimension to this rich documentary that chronicles his journey from the food-filled streets of San Francisco to the back streets of Saigon, where he searches for the secret ingredient to blend the traditions of his family's culture with his adopted American life.

"Paul's poem, 'Puzzle in the Mirror,' seems to reflect on, or to be a reflection of his continuing search to discover the secret to solving the puzzle to the dichotomies of East/West traditions. Paul has very generously written this poem as a response to visual calligraphic images similar to those in the book."

"Paul lives in San Francisco, and continues his creative ventures in filmmaking and bookmaking with his partner, Arnold Iger. He also loves food, still, and probably even more than ever."

...
To have a glimpse of twilight
        slow and imprecise
           cultures - east and west ...

$1,900


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Scriptorium St. Francis Press Out of Print Titles:
   
Afghanistan
a visual/verbal book

created by thomas ingmire
in collaboration with poet Robert Sheppard
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

11.75 x 15.75"; 24 pages. Calligraphy. Pen and ink. Brown paper wraps with title in gold. Laid in wrapper of heavy paper embellished by Ingmire with an abstract design.

Calligraphy and poetry play off one another in this visual/verbal dance.

Thomas Ingmire, colophon: "The starting point for this collaboration was the page 9 abstract calligraphic image. Robert Sheppard chose his poem Afghanistan to align with the image. The two works: poem and image, became the inspiration for the development of the subsequent visual/verbal interpretations. I wish to thank Robert for his feedback during my interpretive process. His poem first appeared in the book Warrant Error published in 2009 by Shearsman Books, Exeter, England."

Thomas Ingmire: "Robert Sheppard is a British poet and critic. He is at the forefront of the movement sometimes called 'linguistically innovative poetry.' He teaches at the University of Edge Hill in Livermore, where he is currently professor of Poetry and Poetics and Programme Leader of the MA in Creative Writing. He has worked in collaborations with visual artists that have resulted in Visual interpretations of his poems. Some of his work can be found on a website called poetrybeyondtext.org."

poetrybeyondtext.org: "Robert Sheppard, born 1955, developed an early interest in British Poetry Revival, and studied for an MA in Creative Writing at University of East Anglia, followed by a PhD. He was an active part of the alternative poetry scene in London before moving to Liverpool, where he is currently Professor of Poetry and Poetics at Edge Hill University. Publications include: Twentieth Century Blues (2000) and The Lores (2003)."
(SOLD)

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Ariel
A Visual / Verbal Book

Poetry [by] Sylvia Plath
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

8.75 x 7"; 32 pages. Pen and ink calligraphy. Collage, watercolor, and paint. Handsewn binding.

"Ariel" is the title poem of Plath's collection of the same name, published two years after her suicide. Ingmire's rendering of this knotty poem is as challenging, layered, and powerful as the poem itself.

Stasis in darkness.
Then the substanceless blue
Pour of tor and distances.

God’s lioness,
How one we grow,
Pivot of heels and knees! …

And I
Am the arrow,

The dew that flies
Suicidal, at one with the drive
Into the red

Eye, the cauldron of morning.

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Cage's Muses – On Words, Art and Music
Calligraphy and Drawings by Thomas Ingmire
Writings by John Cage
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

12.5 x 15.75"; 20 pages. Calligraphy. Gouache and pen-and-ink. Bound in paper wraps with painted accents. Stab binding. Laid in vellum paper four-fold wrap with title calligraphy overlaid on each fold. Signed and dated by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire: "The 'image only' pages of the book were created spontaneously while listening to various percussion ensemble interpretations of John Cage's compositions including Third Construction and Credo in US. The texts are from Silence: Lectures and Writing by John Cage and Sounds of the Inner Eye, ed. by Wulf Herzogenrath and Andreas Kreul."
(SOLD)

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Casida of the Rose
By Dante and Federico García Lorca
San Francisco: Arion Press, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

5.25 x 9"; 40 pages. Handmade paper. Handsewn binding with vellum from Israel. Laid in letterfold wrapper of black papers with slip on paper title band. Calligraphy, design and binding by Thomas Ingmire. Letterpress printing by Jerry Reddan at Arion Press. Handmade paper by Tim Barrett at University of Iowa.

Thomas Ingmire: "Combines the poetry of Lorca ('Casida of the Rose' translated by Robert Bly) and The Canto V of Dante's Inferno [translation by Robert Mandelbaum]. The word 'TRUTH' is the repetitive element that runs throughout the book. I saw the connection of these elements as having to do with desire. In Dante...the desires of lust as expressed by Francesca and Paolo...the searching in Lorca...and TRUTH as the ultimate desire. Perhaps this is a stretch, but it was one that entertains me.

"Many elements in the book, the vellum cover, the black painted pages with typography, the hand made paper, were created years ago. I had been saving them for the right project. The TRUTH images as well were created a few years back. Somehow when I recently read the Lorca poem, 'Casida of the Rose,' I made an immediate connection, both visually and verbally with these past works."

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Crossroad
text by Federico Garcia Lorca
translation by Catherine Brown
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2011.
One-of-a-Kind.

17.5 x 25 cm; 14 pages. Original calligraphy, illumination, and drawing. Collage. Pamphlet stitched binding. Paper wraps with blue front cover and red back cover. Signed by Ingmire.

Ingmire here creates a visual-verbal vision of Federico Garcia Lorca's Crossroad, originally published in 1920.

Oh, what sorrow to have
Poems off in the distance
of passion, and a brain
all stained with ink.

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Diva, Fall, Jive: Mr. Verb Visits the Tayu
Poetry: Christine Kennedy
Calligraphy: Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2012.

10.75 x 4.75"; 48 pages including covers. Calligraphy with gold leaf embellishment. Accordion binding with pages adhered to reverse valley fold. Black and red papers interleaved with text pages. Laid in paper portfolio with collage and handpainted cover.

Thomas Ingmire: "[These books are] part of a larger project that involves a collaboration with 10 poets. The project concerns itself with interactions between poetry, music, and calligraphy. In response to an abstract calligraphic visual image, each poet has either written a poem or selected a previously written poem that they see as having a correspondence with the image. The final interpretations are the result of a dialogue between the poet and the calligrapher.

"Diva, Fall, Jive: Mr. Verb Visits the Tayu is a poem written by Christine Kennedy. She is a British artist and writer who works both with visual and verbal experimental poetics. Her process for getting to the Diva poem initially involved the creation of scans of the calligraphic image with a software program that recognizes language. The marks of the image were interpreted as letters, combinations of letters, symbols and punctuation marks. These sheets were then run through Microsoft Word spell-check to produce a word pool that was the starting point for the final text in Diva Fall Jive: Mr. Verb Visits the Tayu. .This process, the poem, and the original image served as a basis for the design of the lettering/composition and form of the book. Kyoko Matsunaga, a Japanese book artist, further enhanced the connection to the Japanese culture with her creation of unique binding for the book."


Christine Kennedy, Warm Storage Studio blog: "Some months ago Thomas invited me and several other poets to collaborate with him by producing poetry in response to some of his calligraphic studies. Our poetry will be incorporated in a project of fine art calligraphic unique books and a small fine press edition from his own workshop. My poem for Thomas, ‘Diva Fall Jive: Mr. Verb Visits the Tayu,’ has been rendered in exquisite calligraphy evoking its Japanese theme. This beautiful work has been set on the finest paper and bound by a Japanese book artist.

"I understand from Thomas that there was considerable interest in my methods of poetic composition, which used software to semi-automate a 'machine reading' of the Thomas’s abstract graphic marks, steering them towards written language characters which I then used to compose the poem.

"My poem composed for Thomas’s calligraphic project refers to the Japanese 'Tayu. This is not the tayu who performs the narration and voices for the traditional puppet theatre, but the courtly predecessor of the Geisha. ... Japanese culture, especially the remains of the unique female-oriented and accommodating artistic traditions, has an abiding fascination for me."

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Going up to Sun Terrace:
a tribute to Ezra Pound and Li Po's Shangyangtai Tie

Poem by David Annwn
Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2015.
One-of-a-Kind.

6.5 x 8.5"; 18 pages. Created on Japanese paper and handmade paper from the University of Iowa's Paper Making Facility. Laid in stiff paper case with collage elements. Calligraphy and book design by Thomas Ingmire. Signed by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire, colophon: "2015 marks the 130th anniversary of Ezra Pound’s birth and the 100th anniversary of his beginning to write THE CANTOS. David Annwn, with his poem, Going Up to Sun Terrace, pays tribute to these anniversaries and to the influence Pound has had on his own work.

"His poem also makes a link to Li Po, the famous Chinese poet and calligrapher who, in 744, wrote a poem with the same title. The foldout spread in this book is a recreation of Li Po's extraordinary calligraphy of the poem. The work is the only surviving examples of Po's calligraphy.
The River Merchant's Wife, translated from Chinese by Pound, embraces the tie between the three poets."
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In Silence
By Thomas Merton
a visual/verbal book by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010.
One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 6.75 x 1"; 34 pages. Collaged and painted cover. Hand sewn binding. Calligraphy, illumination, and drawings by Thomas Ingmire. Housed in a box with a clear Plexiglas cover.

Ingmire's calligraphy with Thomas Merton (1915-1968) poetry.

Be still.
Listen to the stones of the wall.
Be silent, they try
to speak your

name.
Listen
to the living walls.

Who are you?
Who
are you? Whose
silence are you? ...

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In Silence of Bells
By Quincy Troupe
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2011.
One-of-a-Kind.

6.75 x 9.5"; 14 pages. Flutter book construction. Pen and ink, gold leaf. Calligraphy. Paper wraps with decorative illustration on front cover.

The poem was originally appeared in Snake Black Solos (New York: Reed Books, 1978).

Poet, editor, journalist, teacher, and more, Quincy Troupe was born July 22, 1939, in St Louis, Missouri. Troupe was one of the eminent writers to emerge from the Watts Writers Workshop. He worked with Miles Davis to produce Miles, the Autobiography, an American Book Award winner in 1989. His books of poetry include The Architecture of Language (2006); Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (2002); Choruses: Poems (1999); Avalanche: Poems (1996); Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems (1991); Skulls along the River (1984); Snake-Back Solos: Selected Poems 1969-1977 (1978), which received an American Book Award; Embryo Poems, 1967-1971 (1974). He was the first official poet laureate of California.

in a silence of bells
and cardboard madmen
round midnight
a screaming riot of trumpets
for the suffocating hour ...

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it is not
a visual/verbal book by Thomas Ingmire
a poem by Quincy Troupe
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

13.75 x 14"; 24 pages. Pen and ink. Collage, calligraphy, and paint. Handsewn binding with painted and collaged covers. Laid in custom made blue and cream wrapper with stiff paper back.

The poem was originally published in 1978 by Reed Book (New York City) in the collection of poems titled Black Spots.

Poet, editor, journalist, teacher, and more, Quincy Troupe was born July 22, 1939, in St Louis, Missouri. Troupe was one of the eminent writers to emerge from the Watts Writers Workshop. He worked with Miles Davis to produce Miles, the Autobiography, an American Book Award winner in 1989. His books of poetry include The Architecture of Language (2006); Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (2002); Choruses: Poems (1999); Avalanche: Poems (1996); Weather Reports: New and Selected Poems (1991); Skulls along the River (1984); Snake-Back Solos: Selected Poems 1969-1977 (1979), which received an American Book Award; Embryo Poems, 1967-1971 (1974). He was the first official poet laureate of the state of California.
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The Body, The Spirit
A Visual / Verbal Book by Thomas Ingmire Text Selections from "Blanco" by Octavio Paz Translation by Charles Tomlinson & G. Areul San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2011.
One-of-a-Kind.

7.75 x 11"; 20 pages. Pen and ink. Cover collaged and painted. Laid in
handmade paper box with lid. Signed by Ingmire.

Thomas Ingmire: "This book is from the poem 'Blanco' by Octavio Paz. This is a very long poem. I have only chosen and integrated some passages and words from the poem. I am attracted to the idea of visually capturing the spiritual and mystical aspects of the poem. The movement and spatial relationships between the rhythmic marks and legible words is meant to capture a contemplative mood."

Nobel laureate Paz was once Mexico's ambassador to India, and Eastern themes often appear in his writing. "Blanco" is Paz's vision of Yoga.
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Lorca's Desires
A Visual / Verbal Book
text by Federico García Lorca
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2011.
One-of-a-Kind.

6.75 x 9.75"; 7 pages. 3 of the central pages pull out as an accordion. Both end pages and back cover combine paint and collage. Front cover painted with title [which reads Lorca's Desire] laced through paper. Handsewn binding.

Selected lines from Federico García Lorca Collected Poems edited by
Christopher Maurer (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002). In that volume Lorca's poetry has been translated into English by a bevy of translators.

Ingmire again turns to Lorca's poetry for inspiration in this new visual / verbal book.
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QUESTUM, QUAESTOR, QUEST...
from Pablo Neruda's BOOK OF QUESTIONS
Translation by William O'Daly
A Visual / Verbal book by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2011. One-of-a-Kind.

8 x 11.5"; 28 pages. Pen and ink. Gold leaf. Watercolor. Bits of collage. Bound in green papers with handsewn binding. Front cover illustration of gold leaf and paint.

Thomas Ingmire and Akiho Sugiyama have transcribed (in both the original Spanish and in English) a selection of the wonderfully enigmatic questions from Pablo Neruda's The Book of Questions. The middle four pages are edge to edge (that is, top to bottom and left to right) lines of calligraphy is by Sugiyama.

Neruda's poems balance elegantly on the knife-edge of ambiguity; the art of Ingmire and of Sugiyama performs an elegant entrechat. Both puzzle and comfort.

Thomas Ingmire: "[Akiho Sugiyama] did a lot of the small writing for the Manuel Neri book collaboration and was recently working on some practice pages for another project for that same client. She was writing edge to edge and I thought that it was too bad they were just for practice. Meanwhile I had been struggling for several months with that Neruda book and was ready to abandon it. One day I placed one of her practice pages next to my designs and I felt that the contrast between the two somehow made the book work for me. I asked her if she would do a front and back spread for me with the Neruda texts."

Which yellow bird fills its nest with lemons?

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Shiva of Liquid Club
Visual Verbal book by Thomas Ingmire
Poetry by David Annwn
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2015. One-of-a-Kind.

15 x 11"; 19 pages. Calligraphy and drawings by Thomas Ingmire. Sewn binding with covers painted and illustrated by the artist. Laid in box container by Peggy Gotthold of Foolscap Press. Signed by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire: "This is a work that explores relationships between music, poetry, and calligraphy. A few years back David Annwn sent me a copy of his poem, 'The Shiva of Liquid Club', that he saw as having a link to an abstract calligraphic image that I had sent to him. I had created the page by making marks to a rather loud, wild piece of music. David's poem and this 'music' image served as the foundation for my visual calligraphic interpretation. I also asked David if he could associate this poem with other musical compositions. He said that the main music playing in the European clubs at the time which influenced the writing of 'Shiva' was the then-fashionable Electro swing, particularly: 'Einheit and Gry-Princess Crocodile' (which gets a skewed reference in the poem) and 'Waldeck -Memories'. Two of the pages of the book are drawings that were inspired by these compositions."
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Textra One, Word Visions
By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2011.
One-of-a-Kind.

17.5 x 25 cm; 14 pages. Original calligraphy, illumination, and drawing. Collage. Handsewn pamphlet style binding with handpainted covers.

Thomas Ingmire builds on the traditions of calligraphy to produce bookworks of visual imagery. Textra One, Word Visions combines fragments of found French manuscript pages with his calligraphy and art.

Thomas Ingmire: "Regarding Textra...the tipped pieces are from a few sheets of an old manuscript. There is a shop near Howard's [San Francisco book artist, Howard Munson] studio (you may or may not have noticed it) called Ariel. The guy who owns it goes to France often and brings back pages of writing, usually French and from the 1800's. Most of the time there is no reference to dates, etc."
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02 - 2010
A Book of Days - February, 2010

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 7.75"; 46 pages. Collaged and painted cover. Handsewn binding. Paper wrapper with back page of journal slipping into back interior of wrapper.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of February 2010. Each day occupies one page.

This month's calligraphic wanderings seem to be about color.



Notes from 26-2-2010:
"1. color and value                            absolute color method         medieval                                   Click image for more
         dark colors = blue - red                  light = yellow
2. saturation modeling                     dark yellows, light blues          late 15 c
3. compositional congruency                 light areas warmer ..."

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04 - 2010
A Book of Days - April 2010

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010.
One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 7.75"; 44 pages. Collaged and painted cover. Handsewn binding. Paper wrapper with back page of journal slipping into back interior of wrapper.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of April 2010. Each day occupies one page.

In this month's flourishes several pages are filled with practice of decorative letters: letters with diamond shapes and white lines and swirls embedded in the stems. Also a many musings on music – on sound and silence.

Ingmire's notes on the last page: "music sometimes consists of single sounds or groups of sounds which are not supported by harmonies – but resound with a space of silence (like stars in our sky?)

"sounds and movements are not symbols – we are not saying anything – words are symbols ... ie. have meaning ..."
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A Daily Book
May 2010

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

6.75 x 7.5; 36 pages. Pen and ink. Watercolor. Cover collaged and painted. Handsewn binding.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of May 2010. Each day occupies one page. Practice calligraphy with quotes from Lorca, Gertrude Stein, and David Ignatow. My favorite, says Vicky, is a colorful page with these words calligraphed in red: "I am I because my little dog knows me."
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A Daily Book
October 2010

By Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010. One-of-a-Kind.

6.75 x 7.5; 36 pages. Pen and ink. Cover collaged and painted. Handsewn binding.

The artist's daily practice book for the month of October 2010. Each day occupies one page.

Thomas Ingmire: "The poetry and texts in this book are by Gertrude Stein. The intent of the book initially was to explore cursive handwriting variations."
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Songs of Sadness
a visual/verbal book by Thomas Ingmire
with poetry of Federico García Lorca
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2010.
One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 10.25 x 1"; 26 pages. Collage elements in text. Calligraphy, illumination, and drawings by Thomas Ingmire. Collaged and painted cover. Handsewn binding. Housed in a box with a clear Plexiglas cover.

Includes "The Ancient Sorrow of Poetry" translated by Catherine Brown and "The Passage of Siguiriya" translated by Cola Franzen.

Oh, what sorrow to have
poems off in the distance
     of passion, and a brain
       all stained with ink!
Oh what sorrow not to have
     the happy man's fantastical
       shirt – a tanned skin,
       the sun's carpet ...

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THUNDERCLAPS….AND MORE FROM JAMES JOYCE'S FINNEGANS WAKE
Calligraphy and Drawings by Thomas Ingmire
Writings by John Cage
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2014. One-of-a-Kind.

9" X 12"; 28 pages Including cover. Acrylic on Mylar with gold leaf illumination. Calligraphy. Colophon in separate folder and signed by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire: "THUNDERCLAPS in FINNEGANS WAKE are invented words that are 100 letters long. Joyce included ten; the final one was actually made up of 101 letters. Three of the 'Thunderclaps' and other randomly selected words from the text have been chosen to interplay with abstract calligraphic marks that were made in response to various compositions by John Cage and his readings of Finnegan's Wake. The two together, words and images, are intended to create a picture of sound.

"
THUNDERCLAPS also references the Book of Kells. Aside from the Irish connection with Joyce and his reference to the book, Kells reminds us of the magic of the written word to stand merely as a visual image. Like the Book of Kells, THUNDERCLAPS invites the viewer to experience its visual splendor, and in reading, to the 'hear' the music of the language."
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A Zorn Variation
Poems by David Annwn
Calligraphy, drawing, and design by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2015.
One-of-a-Kind.

8.75 x 12.25"; 36 pages. Media: Japanese Sumi, gold leaf on gesso and gum bases on T. H. Saunders paper. Bound in handmade paper from Cave Paper, Inc. Laid in cloth-covered clamshell box by Peggy Gotthold of Foolscap Press. Signed by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire: "The three poems by David Annwn drew inspiration from musical compositions by the celebrated musician, John Zorn. 'Kiss me' is from Zorn's album Shir Hashirim; 'Haiti' is from FilmWorks X: In the Mirror of Maya Deren; and, 'Apocryphon' is from Transmigration of the Magus. The abstract imagery in the book and the visual depiction of the words attempt to capture both the sense of the poetry and rhythms and tone of the music, the mood moving from first encounter, to an enchanted turbulence and, thirdly, to an evocation of the hidden forces sustaining life."
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