90 Days in the Pandemic
ISBN: 978-1-948692-99-1 Hardback 28.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-00-3 paperback 19.95
ISBN: 978-1-956440-01-0 ebook 9.99
8 x 8, 90 PP
Poetry / Photography
All I See Is Your Glinting, a dialogue between poems and photographs, documents each day of the last quarter of 2020. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, ninety poems written in a created form called the daily, detail the small meaningful moments in daily life. Stunning photographs of the natural world and intimate environments enrich and further open the text. Together, they refract and reflect our collective experience through a personal lens. All I See Is Your Glinting champions the value of nature, friendship, family, and love in coping with individual and universal suffering and grief.
Gianna Russo is the inaugural Wordsmith of The City of Tampa (2020-22). She is the author of the poetry collections, One House Down (Madville Publishing, 2019) and Moonflower (2011), winner of a Florida Book Award. She has published poems in Green Mountains Review, Gulf Stream, Negative Capability, Crab Orchard Review, Apalachee Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, saw palm, The MacGuffin, Florida Review, Tampa Review, Ekphrasis, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, and Calyx, among others. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University, where she directs the Sandhill Writers Retreat. A third-generation Tampa native, a mother and grandmother, Gianna lives in an almost 100-year-old bungalow with her husband Jeff Karon and their cat Gingko.
Jenny Carey is a photographic artist residing in Florida. Her work explores the themes of memory, loss, and sense of place. Ordinary subjects and intimate environments are used to evoke memories, document the intangible, and narrate unseen beauty. She began her practice as a photojournalist and that perspective is evident in her work. Her images have been exhibited nationally, most recently at The Tampa International Airport Gallery (Florida), Manifest Gallery (Ohio) and Davis Orton (New York). Her photographic works are included in numerous private collections. The natural environment is often the subject matter in her images, but frequent travels have opened narratives with urban elements. She is the founder of Creatives Exchange, a collective of professional women artists in Tampa, Florida where she maintains a studio practice.
What people are saying about All I See is Your Glinting: 90 Days in the Pandemic with poems by Gianna Russo and photographs by Jenny Carey:
Gianna Russo’s All I See Is Your Glinting is a beautiful, timely collection of delicate, haiku-like poems that shape-shift and transform into a magical, wide-ranging long poem, a necklace of small beauties to wear in grief and celebration. I love the way the subtly changing form of these poems unfolds across the days, building resonances that ultimately feel like revelation. This is formal poetry in the best sense of that word: the limitations Russo has imposed upon herself guide and control her improvisations while sustaining a scintillating tenor of surprise and delight. Paired with striking photographs by Jenny Carey, there’s great wisdom in this supple and inventive verse—not a word is superfluous, not a moment of perception lost.
—Michael Hettich, author of The Mica Mine, winner of the 2020 Lena Shull Book Award, and many other books of poetry
In this poignant and gentle book, poet Gianna Russo strikes out to cross the pandemic in a form that she has invented, the daily. Each day is an image, a number of words, and an attempt to contain fear and make sense of the wrenching fragility that had become viral and global. Paired with Jenny Carey’s healing photographs, this innovative and luminous book goes straight for the heart.
—Janisse Ray, author of Red Lanterns and A Cracker Childhood
Engaging with Gianna Russo’s verse and Jenny Carey’s photographs is a stirring immersion. Each diary entry possesses its own poignant beauty. All tell us something about ourselves and our relationship with the earth, its resilience and our own—and that there is something worthwhile to hold onto from hard times, just as you will want to hold onto this inspiring book.
—Jack E. Davis, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea
Gianna Russo’s dailies—haiku-like poems—mark the seasons of the plague. She deftly mines the shifting emotions, the fear, the fleeting beauty, the frustrations, and the sudden joys of each passing day. Jenny Carey’s photographs tell their own story at the nexus of the manmade and natural worlds, her meanings often spelled out in the crinkled letters of fallen leaves. All I See Is Your Glinting is a pitch-perfect chronicle of our shared year of masks and menace, alongside the muted doings of daily life.
—Paul Wilborn, author of Cigar City: Tales from a 1980s Creative Ghetto
The book speaks unabashedly and refreshingly about issues of human interpersonal relationships and feelings of alienation… Both the poetry and the photography speak with an unsentimental approach to reality in both material and spiritual character. Russo and Carey touch on universal themes such as acknowledging the limits of human experience, putting into words and colors something so difficult to understand, let alone explain.
— Zora Carrier, Ph.D., Executive Director, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts
These haiku-like diary entries by the poet Gianna Russo and images from nature by the photographer Jenny Carey speak to one another in an inspiring dialogue. Together, they create a dual spiritual diary that responds to our pandemic era. The poems meditate on landscape, relationships, and current events, while the photographs focus on nature’s news of feathery grasses, glinting light, and rippled reflections in water.
—Lynn Saville, NYC Fine Art Photographer