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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.
   

Blanco
Phrases from a poem by Octavio Paz
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2018. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 6.5"; 40 pages. Materials: ink and gold leaf. Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire. Hand-sewn binding in paper wraps. Signed and dated by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire: "'Blanco' 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."
$1,150

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Cryopexy (I)
A visual/verbal book

Poetry: Charles Wright
Calligraphy: Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2018.
One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 5.5"; 20 pages. Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire. Sewn binding in brown paper-covered stiff wraps. Materials: ink and gold leaf. Signed and dated by the artist.

This book was inspired by Charles Wright's poem Cryopexy.

Looming and phosphorescent against the dark,
Words, always words. …

Radiance comes through the eye
and lodges like cut glass in the mind …

Poetry Foundation: "Charles Wright is often ranked as one of the best American poets of his generation. Born in 1935 in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, Wright attended Davidson College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; he also served four years in the U.S. Army, and it was while stationed in Italy that Wright began to read and write poetry. He is the author of over 20 books of poetry. In 2014, he was named Poet Laureate of the United States."
$1,350

Cryopexy (I) 
A visual/verbal book book
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Phrases from Dreamland
By Edgar Allan Poe
a visual/verbal book by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2018. One-of-a-Kind.

5 x 5.5"; 14 pages. Materials: ink and gold leaf. Handsewn binding with black paper covers. Signed and dated by the artist.

Dream-land by Edgar Allan Poe was published in 1844. The poem tells about a journey describing the strange sights seen along the way. Ingmire uses the words of the first two verses to reflect that landscape in the grayness of his pages and art. The calligraphy tumbles across the pages in heavy and light strokes, sometimes leaning right, sometimes left.

By a route obscure and lonely,
Haunted by ill angels only,
Where an Eidolon, named NIGHT,
On a black throne reigns upright,
I have reached these lands but newly
From an ultimate dim Thule-
From a wild clime that lieth, sublime,
Out of SPACE — out of TIME.

Bottomless vales and boundless floods,
And chasms, and caves, and Titan woods,
With forms that no man can discover
For the tears that drip all over;
Mountains toppling evermore
Into seas without a shore;
Seas that restlessly aspire,
Surging, unto skies of fire….

$750

Phrases from Dreamland book
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Spontaneous Shade
a visual/verbal book

By Thomas Ingmire San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2018. One-of-a-Kind.

8 x 7.5"; 30 pages. Materials: ink, gouache, water color, acrylic, gold leaf. Calligraphy. Sewn binding. Bound in hard covers with collage pieces. Signed and dated by the artist.

"Spontaneous Shades" was inspired by a Robert Sheppard poem "Synovial Joints, for Steve Colman".

Thomas Ingmire, about his calligraphy: "My challenge is to paint the music of poetry, the motion of poetry, the part that cannot be understood."

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)."
$3,500

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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."
(Out of print/SOLD)

 

01 - 2010 book
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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.


02 - 2010 book

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 ..."

(Out of print/SOLD)

   

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 ..."
(Out of print/SOLD)

 

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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)."
(Out of print/SOLD)
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After the Dragonflies
Calligraphic Studies
a visual/verbal book
Poetry by WS Merwin
Calligraphy and Drawing by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2018.
One-of-a-Kind.

13.75 x 9.5"; 24 pages. Materials: water color, acrylic, gouache, ink, gold leaf. Calligraphy. Bound in paper wraps. Japanese binding by Akiho Sugiyama. Signed and dated by Ingmire.

Afterword: "This book contains phrases from W.S. Merwin's poem 'After the Dragonflies'. The imagery and 'expressive' calligraphy are by Thomas Ingmire and were created as studies for a unique book 'Dragonflies', that featured original drawings by Manuel Neri. The formal writing and gold illumination were added to the pages. The Japanese brush writing and binding are by Akiho Sugiyama."

W.S. Merwin, www.poets.org: "He is a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and has served as Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress. He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2010 to 2011. He currently lives and works in Hawaii."

www.theguardian.com, "Poem of the week" 10 Oct 2016: "The marvel of 'After the Dragonflies', written by a poet who was losing his eyesight at the time, is that it sharpens the sight of the reader. As he observes at the end of 'Living With the News', giving us a more optimistic parable of recovered understanding, 'our only hope is to be the daylight' .

"For readers not already informed about the range of WS Merwin’s activities, the poet is also the founder of a major, long-term conservation project at his home on the island of Maui. Embracing a species-rich Palm Forest and residential spaces for botanists and poets, the Merwin Conservancy is a wonderful extra legacy to accompany a life’s work of superlative poetry …

"Finally, to return to the dragonfly theme, some species are already diminishing through habitat loss, use of insecticides and so on."
(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.

(Out of print/SOLD)

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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."
(Out of print/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."

(Out of print/SOLD)

 

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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.

(Out of print/SOLD)

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Cryopexy (II)
A visual/verbal book

Poetry: Charles Wright
Calligraphy: Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, California: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2018.
One-of-a-Kind.

7.5 x 5.5"; 16 pages. Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire. Sewn binding in paper wraps. Materials: ink and gold leaf. Signed and dated by the artist. This book was inspired by Charles Wright's poem Cryopexy.

Looming and phosphorescent against the dark,
Words, always words. …

Radiance comes through the eye
and lodges like cut glass in the mind …

Poetry Foundation: "Charles Wright is often ranked as one of the best American poets of his generation. Born in 1935 in Pickwick Dam, Tennessee, Wright attended Davidson College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; he also served four years in the U.S. Army, and it was while stationed in Italy that Wright began to read and write poetry. He is the author of over 20 books of poetry. In 2014, he was named Poet Laureate of the United States."
(SOLD)

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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."

(Out of print/SOLD)

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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."
(SOLD)
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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."
(Out of print/SOLD)
Going up to Sun Terrace:
a tribute to Ezra Pound and Li Po's Shangyangtai Tie book
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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? ...

(Out of print/SOLD)

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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 ...

(Out of print/SOLD)

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Ingmire 09
Broadside by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco: Scriptorium St. Francis Press, 2009. One-of-a-Kind.

11" x 8.4 single sheet. Calligraphy. Signed and dated by the artist.

Thomas Ingmire: "Modern calligraphy often wrangles with the legibility or readability of the text and as such challenges the viewer's eye. Words become images that convey visual rhythms, atmospheres, and expressions that we generally associate with the language of the visual artist. The viewer is asked to look, to see, and to feel.

"The modern calligraphic text reminds us of the intimacy between lettering and drawing. Calligraphy also constructs a shared dialogue with poetry. Both alter the pace and the nature of our absorption of language."

(Out of print/SOLD)

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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.
(Out of print/SOLD)

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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.
(Out of print/SOLD)

The Body, The Spirit book
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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.
(Out of print/SOLD)

Lorca's Desires 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?

(Out of print/SOLD)

QUESTUM, QUAESTOR, QUEST... book
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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."
(Out of print/SOLD)
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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."
(Out of print/SOLD)
Textra One, Word Visions book
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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."
(Out of print/SOLD)

 

A Daily Book
May 2010 book
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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."
(Out of print/SOLD)

 

A Daily Book
October 2010 book
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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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Songs of Sadness book
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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.

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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."
(Out of print/SOLD)
THUNDERCLAPS….AND MORE FROM JAMES JOYCE'S FINNEGANS WAKE book
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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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A Zorn Variation book
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