Dawn Nelson Wardrope’s chapbook, The Penman, A Serious Writer is a 13 page, perfect bound chapbook of visual poems. The second of two full colour chapbooks which were printed in Tianjin, China while editor Sacha Archer was “on vacation” (the first being Jaap Blonk’s on tractatus one), Wardrope’s chapbook has been printed in an edition of 50 numbered copies.
Within the pages of The Penman, A Serious Writer, Dawn Nelson Wardrope has crafted a series of visual poems which take the form of vortexes and organic movements. Juxtaposed with these are poems which echo the traditional line in their linear layout, but which, anchored resolutely in the visual, radiate a pulse and aura where punctuation and the letter, dislodged from the sentence and the word, do all the heavy lifting.
Dawn Nelson Wardrope is a visual poet. Her work comes to us in many different forms. A concrete poet, a collage artist and a mail art enthusiast, Dawn is the author of Remnants of the Red Ribbon Sect and Fisherwoman. Much of her work has been published in magazines such as Sonic Boom (cover artist also), Angry Old Man, Experiment-O, Utsanga, Otoliths, Timglaset and Renegade. Her work is widely seen on Facebook where she publishes regularly.
The Penman, A Serious Writer can be purchased here.