Poetry by David Annwn
Calligraphy by Thomas Ingmire
San Francisco, 2012
11.5 x 15.75 inches, 36 pages
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. Additional information about collaborations between Ingmire and Annwn can be found at :
At the completion of the project, John Cowey, a musician/composer friend of David's was inspired to create this composition.