Mikhail Pogarsky – An Encyclopedia of Everything


Pogarsky An Encyclopedia of Everything

Its been many months since I blogged. There are quite a number of books I have received this year. No excuses, but my time is being invested in other areas. I was about to whine about the lack of it, but that’s the situation with everyone. It’s going faster and is voraciously swallowed quicker by many more people. I remember reading somewhere – it you don’t use your time wisely someone else will! A good maxim to take note of. It is a pleasure again to page through these small volumes and see the care and love artists who make books spend on this art form. I can feel this ‘wee beastie’ stirring again.

Mikhail Pogarsky An Encyclopedia of Everything

A note from Mikhail reads:

Hi Cheryl,

This is the short description of my book:

Mikhail Pogarsky. Poems

Digital print, collage, author’s and antic stamps, painting. Single copy. 2016. Artist’s book combining 2 collections of poems by Mikhail Pogarsky: “12 dedications” in Russian and “Parypar” in Italian (translated by Evelina Schatz). This diptych is covered by different collage fragments, stamps and paint. The general idea – visual art is international language of poetry.

Best wishes to you”.

Book of Fire

Pogarsky An Encyclopedia of Everything - Catalogue

Mikhail sent this signed catalogue after an international exhibition of miniature artists books under the title Book Fire. The brief was to make a book inside a match box. There are ingenious interpretations of this theme inside the catalogue. I remember well this exercise – working small is not on my yard stick, but We’re post-literate and going up in flames was not too bad an effort!

catalogue Pogarsky An Encyclopedia of Everything

Mail Art Makes the World a Town – Edition 15

Mail Art Makes the World a Town

At Edition I5 I chose to change the format of the Zine for a few reasons. Firstly, postage charges are outrageous – sending 24 large format zines overseas was becoming ridiculous. Plus, I think our post office system will soon be declaring itself bankrupt. The repercussions of this are enormous. Secondly I was keen to put the zine SOMEWHERE. With this new format, this assembly book now fits into An Encyclopedia of Everything.


  • Jürgen Olbrich – Germany
  • Torill Elizabeth Larsen – Norway
  • TICTAC – Germany
  • Tiziana Baracchi – Italy
  • Karen Alekyan – Armenia
  • Miguel Jimenez – Spain
  • Vittore Baroni – Italy
  • Wolfgang Guenther – Germany
  • Erich Sundermann – Austria
  • Marie Wintzer – Japan
  • Katerina Nikoltsou – Greece
  • Angela Behrendt – Germany
  • Svenja Wahl – Germany
  • Rod Summers – Netherlands
  • Reed Altemus – USA
  • Ficus Strangulensis – USA
  • Samuel Montalvetti – Argentina
  • Thorsten Fuhrmann – Germany
  • Peter Müller – Germany
  • Cheryl Penn – South Africa
  • Mail Art Makes the World a Town. An Encyclopdia of Everything. Cheryl Penn


FINALLY – some books which are stacking fast in my office

These are all blogged on


Shaw-Williams, Ruth (UK)  3.0 # 16 (Just my Type)

3.0 # 16 - Ruth Shaw-Williams  - An Encyclopedia of Everything

Nartuhi, Kathleen (USA)  3.0 # 16 (From A – F)

Kathleen Nartuhi 3.0 # 16 (From A - F) An Encyclopedia of Everything

Rastello, Martine (France)  3.0 # 16 (Dot the i’s… and cross the t’s)

Martine Rastello 3.0 # 16 (Dot the i’s… and cross the  t’s) An Encyclopedia of Everything

TURNBULL, Stephanie (UK)  3.0 # 16 (NEW YORK NEW YORK)

3.0 # 16 - Stephanie Turnbull - An Encyclopedia of Everything.

3.0 # 16 (Yr Wyddor Gymraeg)

3.0 # 16 -  Stephanie Turnbull - An Encyclopedia of Everything

Catalogue – Books 450 – 500 – An Encyclopedia of Everything

Many thanks to those of you who contributed to Books 450 – 500 of An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version. This part of the catalogue is available for download (or curiosity value!) on the international Archive and Issuu. See the following links:




New Books – An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version

Taking Heed According to Thy Word

Book 500 of An Encyclopedia of Everything.

I don’t know about you, but I find it difficult to concentrate. Life presses in and its demands are most times overwhelming. The important things suffer mostly, and in the maelstrom we take too much for granted, expecting that what we have is a right, not a privilege. The quiet time afforded at the Ecclesia is a blessing I try not to take for granted, and the talks, seminars and lectures are an oasis, which can also be neglected/taken for granted. I write copious notes during this time and the Taking Heed According to Thy Word series is by far the biggest in An Encyclopedia of Everything. I think it’s about 15 books now.

This book covers the period of the Judges, where the lesson of sound leadership can be terribly neglected, the danger of using careless words through the examples of Laban and Balaam the Syrians, the building of the image empire of Daniel 2 in the latter days, and a really excellent lecture given by Dr David Fraser on Science and the Bible – a paraphrase could be – Is God Relevant?   Some interesting propositions came from this discourse. For example; does God only begin where science ends/can God and science co-exist/are science and God diametrically opposed ideologies? David contrasted scientists such as Prof Peter Higgs (Nobel prize winner 2013 – atheist) and Prof William Phillips (Nobel prize winner 1997). Both these men are unified on science, but are separated by their world view.

He went on to discuss Sir Isaac Newton and Prof Stephen Hawking who both held the same Chair, though 300 years apart and how their world views are completely different. Many examples of the fine minds of this world were compared and an overriding point for me became – mankind through science can work out all the How’s of creation, but the Why’s elude him if he is looking in the wrong direction.

This book also has notes on the different names and titles of God and their meanings, as well as a very interesting examination of the theory of evolution. It concludes with the start of notes on the Immanuel Prophesies and the birth of Mahershalalhashbaz.

Taking Heed According to Thy Word. Unique Artists Book. Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything



Where I’m At (Once and Again)

Unique Book, Where I’m At series, accordion bound, spine from Jans Bottom Drawer Series. Looking back over this subject (I think this is Book 9 in the series), I see some things change, but many do not.Recap – these are autobiographical books, but not in the traditional sense. I’m not particularly keen on autobiographies – they’re more records of creative process. There has not been much time for scribbling as has  been my custom, on large paper sheets, so I cut up one of the prints from  Jans Bottom Drawer series to form the spine of the book.  I get the feeling that An Encyclopedia of Everything may be drawing to a close as a project – and 500 books seems a good number to end on. But, by its very nature I don’t think it will ever END, but its slowed down considerably. One of the reasons is my penchant for change, perhaps.  Working for 3 years in volumes this size has at least rekindled my  interest in working on large surfaces once more. The book contains this  process as well as reflections on where I find myself right now, sometimes    awash in the vicissitudes of life, nevertheless standing firm in faith.

Where I'm At.  Cheryl Penn.  An Encyclopedia of Everything - the Expanded Version

So, how was your day?

Book of aleatory poetry – edition of 9 chapbooks, 1 book.

standing there,

it came to me

the order we woke up in.


its always with hindsight isn’t it.

(marvelous subatomic stuff)


the realization of

WHAT she’d done.

don’t be too hard

that was another time

another leader

trying to save

everything that happened

too late.

For full version of poem see: http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

SO, how was YOUR day? Aleatory poetry, Cheryl Penn, An Encyclopedia of Everything