This and that

Its been a while, but I HAVE been busy.  First of all here’s  a course to attend.  A friend Daniyel Berry (Style Me – Image Consulting) and I were talking.  I had been wanting to give a course in accessing instinctive creativity and this was the perfect opportunity to put together something which I hope will be a great success.  It certainly has got me thinking and coalescing thoughts which have been milling about. Thats the thing about not having a permanent JOB – theres too much to do!!! give-me-back-my-mo-jo-cheryl-penn-accessing-instinctual-creativity

A collaboration with David Stone (USA) – see An Encyclopedia of Everything

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and a limited edition book of aleatory poetry – part 2 of Non-linear yesterdays.

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Port of Empathy (Part 2). Wolfgang Günther (Germany)/David Stone (USA)/Cheryl Penn (South Africa). An Encyclopedia of Everything.

Handmade edition of 1 book and 9 chapbooks, 3 hole pamphlet stitch, painted covers. The suggestion for a three-way collaboration came from Wolfgang while I was in Australia in very early June.  My first port of call was – always is David Stone (USA).  He very kindly agreed and here follows our Tri-Way.  Wolfgang begun on 10th June 2015, David followed and I was third. And then we got a bit out of order, but it was of no important consequence.

Port of Empathy. Collaborative Writing.Wolfgang Günther (Germany):David Stone (USA):Cheryl Penn (South Africa). An Encyclopedia of Everything. Artists Book

The following are the prefaces to the book:

 Preface

Starting, following.

With three people

there is always one nearer to a middle.

With 1 ethnic language

for speakers of different native voices

the situation of dialogue is not ideal.

(Said Habermas.)

Esperanto would change that.

(Says Nula Horo.)

But it’s indeed worth trying.

(That’s what I say.)

It’s part of a world-wide icarian responsiveness.

Staying in the air, detecting, landing, digging, finding.

Getting to know.

Getting beyond.  Wolfgang Günther (Germany)

Has the feeling of an odd though poetic panel discussion. It works because there is some similar vein in which the 3 of us use language and it becomes interesting because it allows our differences to be accentuated.  David Stone (USA)

Somehow it didn’t matter the order in which we wrote, nor that the theme was disjointed, just that we wrote together, pulled far away words close and wrapped ourselves for a moment in language that superseded daily handling. Cheryl Penn (South Africa)

Port of Empathy. Collaborative Writing.Wolfgang Günther (Germany):David Stone (USA):Cheryl Penn (South Africa). An Encyclopedia of Everything. Artists Book.

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

SAY WHAT???? John Bennett (USA) Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version

Limited edition of 1 book and 10 chapbooks.  Series of 7 libretto arrangements. Collaborating via email began in  March 2014 and ended late last year.

Say What. John Bennett:Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything - Collaborative Poetry

John Bennett is a writer/poet/performer who uses language and  all its convolutions as his medium of expression.   His puts together and pulls apart as the words move him, with unexpected juxtapositions of sounds and rhythm. John is an avid and very generous collaborator and I’m hugely pleased we got be ‘distrubeding our wurds’.

Say What. John Bennett:Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything. Collaborative Poetry.

We have been at this collaboration for over a year, so I’m glad to have it committed to paper! For a full version of the work see:  http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

Say What. John Bennett:Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything.

Also available for download on:

http://issuu.com/cheryl.penn/docs/say_what.__john_bennett_cheryl_penn

Today – Poetry Collaboration – David Chirot/Cheryl Penn. (An Encyclopedia of Everything – The Expanded Version)

Today – Poetry Collaboration – David Chirot/Cheryl Penn.

Today. Poetry - David Chirot:Cheryl Penn. An Encyclopedia of Everything

Edition of 12 chapbooks, 1 book. David Chirot and I maintain an erratic email correspondence, but when his messages arrive their energy is rapid, like fast footfalls pounding the pavements of the city where he lives. One feels the truth of the true lives David inhabits within the spilling of his emailed words, falling too fast to take breathes between.   If one searches one can find the FACTS about a person – where they live, where they went to school, but these words speak nothing of The Person. That comes through sharing Words. Many thanks David – what a privilege. Correspondence for this collaboration with David began 14th August 2014, and has not ended – it was just time to commit to the printed word.

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The pockets open out to reveal copies of two rubbings David sent and two visual poems I made on the day the books were complete.   For the full set of exchanges see:

http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

One of David’s verses:

 

Today I saw you again,

down by the junkyard wall

your thick bodied back

half turned from me

the long trench coat dirty and unbuttoned

with a paranoids nod and covert glance

you snuck looks at me

as you  hunched

by the Wall

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There is another poem David sent titled 14TH AUGUST Today anniversaries of atrocities. This will be published as a separate edition of 12 chapbooks.

The Library/Shelf Life Rod Summers/Cheryl Penn

The Library/Shelf Life including (VEC Publications)

Limited Edition of 5 chapbooks, 1 book.

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Correspondence with Rod Summers (a conceptual artist from the Netherlands)  began via email on 4th December 2104, and according to my records was finished a month (abouts) later.   That’s quite some going! We worked together – that is, words/lines/phrases were altered as we progressed.   Its a challenging way to work for me, as different voices have their own tones/word and rhythm colours, and successful collaboration demands a sensitivity to this. We did another set of verses titled BOOK BINDING FOR PARASITES, but I will publish them separately as The Library fitted neatly on its own in the Encyclopedia of Everything format. Serendipitously, Rod’s VEC publication of the same poetry arrived on my door on the day I began printing my version. This spurred me to FINISH my chapbooks. Rod titled the two poems collectively Shelf Life – and I have used this designation as the overall title for both poems – and who knows – there may be more?

The VEC publication of our collaboration (THANKS Rod!) fits the Encyclopedia of Everything Format so both these versions will form part of this installation. Rod – many thanks – cheers – here’s to numerous other chapters in this Saga (to borrow from Helgi…)

For further information on VEC and Rods enormous repertoire see http://www.vecworldservice.net/index.htm

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As Rod likes birds, his personal copy was tailor made JUST for him, while the rest of the chapbooks are made from a digital print of the Archimedes Palimpsest – a canvas I was going to work on as a scroll called (On Floating Bodies). The only known copy in Greek of this work is on this scroll. I think its better suited here.

For a full version of the poem see:

http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

 

The Wind is Blowing (and other works) – Wolfgang Günther/ Cheryl Penn – An Encyclopedia of Everything

Book 9  of collaborative poetry, 2nd writing venture between Wolfgang Günther (Germany) and Cheryl Penn –The Wind is Blowing (and other works)  – First  Edition  of 6 chapbooks.

The Wind is Blowing. Wolfgang Guenther (Germany) Cheryl Penn An Encyclopedia of Everything

Correspondence between nula horo – Wolfgang Günther  and I began in about March and ended in May – as far as I can tell – my emails are misbehaving.   This work was slightly different as Wolfgang was tending his gardens and I was tending minds, so he wrote quite a few verses and I interjected. This is a different sort of process to the way all the other collaborations worked.

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Sometimes it felt like writing in a time warp, that I was behind Wolfgang’s place of mind – an interesting experience. For the full work see:

http://collaborativecanto.blogspot.com

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