Poetry by David Annwn
Calligraphy and Drawing, Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, CA 2015
A Unique book
15” x 11”, 32 pages
As a tribute to next year’s Bicentennial Celebration of Mary Shelley’s creativity and her famous sojourn at the Villa Diodati, David Annwn has written a three part poem titled Diodati Dance Card. Mary Shelley’s Elisions, a poem from the sequence, is David’s creative response to Mary’s handwritten MS of Frankenstein. David senses in the excisions and elisions of Shelley’s handwriting, the conflicting emotion behind her words. He asks, “is the making of a striking revolutionary novel like the recombination of old memories (the re-vivication of dead hopes and fears)? Does Mary bring old dreams to life -some menacing and unwelcome.
As a calligraphic work, Annwn’s poem has invited an exploration between the recreation of Shelley’s handwriting and a visually expressive interpretation of the story she has written. The calligraphy and the poetry also draw upon music, in this case the work Mozart’s Don Giovanni,’ particularly the‘Final Commendatore Scene. David had written that Mary and her husband loved Mozart's music and particularly this final scene.