About the Book
Robert Palumbo's elegiac photographs of the scarred glaciers of Alaska, taken from the air and from the ice itself, capture a particular, fleeting beauty. Through the majesty of the massive frozen forms and the lucidity of the Arctic light, signs of damage appear like scar tissue. Black streaks of carbon etched onto the white like graffiti. Rivers and lakes of electric blue meltwater formed at the juncture of ice and earth. Acclaimed poet Marcella Durand's poem, "shadows of glaciers", accompanies the photographs with an emotional curiosity that reads like a love letter to the glaciers, and to the earth itself. What mysteries, what stories are embedded in the ancient folds of ice that through their very existence nourish and feed us?