Diva Fall Jive: Mr. Verb Visits the Tayu by Thomas Ingmire *BEST OF SHOW AWARD! -SOLD!


This book is part of an experimental calligraphy/poetry project involving Thomas Ingmire and ten different poets. Christine Kennedy is a British artist and writer who works with visual and verbal experimental poetics. As a collaborator in this project she has created the poem Diva Fall Jive, Mr. Verb Visits the Tayu, in response to one of Ingmire’s abstract calligraphic images. Her unique process involved scanning the image several times in software that recognizes language. The process, coupled with the application of Spell Check ultimately lead to a list of words that became the basis for the poetry. This process, the poem, and the original image served as a basis for the design of the lettering, composition and form of the book.

Christine Kennedy, the poet who collaborated with Thomas on this book has a very nice blog post about this poem and its creation as well as the full text of the poem. Catch it here.

Artist Bio

Thomas, now living in San Francisco, was born in 1942 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His life as an artist is more by accident than design. This begins with his art training which is primarily the result of the study and completion degrees in Landscape Architecture at The Ohio State University and the University of California, Berkeley. Ingmire began to study calligraphy and medieval painting techniques in the early 1970's. A one-year of postgraduate study was undertaken in the Art Department at California State, Los Angeles. Ingmire was elected to England's Society of Scribes and Illuminators craft membership status in 1977. His focus beginning in the 1980's was on the teaching of calligraphy. He has conducted workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and several countries in Europe. In the new millennium Ingmire turned to collaborative work with a number artists and poets. This has included the Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca series of books with Manuel Neri, work as an illuminator on the Saint John's Bible, and currently a calligraphy/poetry project involving 10 poets from six different countries. Ingmire's work can be found in a number of museums and Special Collections departments throughout the world.