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Thursday, November 19, 2020
Diamond Dust: Poems From the Black Sea 5-Volume Photo Book Series by Anca Ioviță
Dust: Poems From the Black Sea
Photo Book Series
by Anca Ioviță
The Black Sea doesn’t ship the most colorful or ornate seashells on
its beaches, yet restrained in spines and threatening colors, such smooth
seashells in muted colors form the pillars of this collection of designs. New
life was blown into such pieces as they became the vases, the leaves, the
flowers and the buds of the offbeat marine Ikebana compositions you are about
Sometimes met with anxiety and other times met with nostalgia,
impermanence is the main yarn spun throughout these visual poems where I talk
about the effort poured into creating quality art that ends up forgotten and
into raising minds shining like diamonds who nevertheless crumble into dust. I
also talk about serendipitous artifacts of nature that nevertheless last far
longer than expected. Carbon life forms that switch places on the wheel of life
and death as well as carbon that turns into diamonds. Apparently timeless
diamonds that reenter the cycle of carbon once turned to smoke and ashes.
Throughout all these yarns, aquatic words form the skeleton of this
volume: from blue open space to subtle waves, snow flowers, lyric seascapes and
swimming letters, water permeates these pages even if the books you are about
to hold are dry.
Many poems are colored by my medical background as I talk about the
art of making art out of disease and spinning suffering into something not
necessarily worthwhile, but at least bearable. The scientific branch of
medicine helps sustain life during emergencies, but the beauty of art makes
those added moments of life worth living for. Inspiring art will not relieve an
asthma attack, but it may make searching for hard-to-find medical help
Ioviță is the author of the “Diamond Dust
(Poems From the Black Sea)” 5-volume photo book series, as well as three
other books on gerontology. Going from arts to humanities to engineering to
medicine, this polymath still reads career guides during adulthood, not so much
to find the perfect career – which is different at each life stage anyway – but
just to get inspired on new things to try and create.