Beneath the Midi Sun
poems and images by Jim & Carol McCord
Bringing their artistic vision and keen sense of awareness, Jim and Carol McCord have traveled throughout Europe recording memorable places and moments in poems and images. Their first collection together, Two Lenses—Four Europes (Shanti Arts, 2019), conveyed the highlights of their travels through England, France, Greece, and Spain. This second collection, Beneath the Midi Sun, offers a focused look at southern France—its remarkable structures and monuments, rivers and lush landscapes, colorful markets and plentiful food, and above all, its relationship with the sun, source of life-giving warmth as it washes over this ancient land and its passionate people.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Regional
ISBN: 978-1-951651-50-3 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-951651-51-0 (Collector's Edition; print; hardcover with dust jacket)
Released January 2021; Copyright 2021
124 pages; 58 color photographs
Jim McCord is an emeritus professor of English literature whose poems have appeared in a variety of journals and four books.
Carol McCord is a lifelong hiker and former yoga instructor. Her photographs have been selected for exhibitions and publications in the United States and abroad.
“A most important travel book that avoids highlighting the usual tourist spots of interest and instead gives information of a richer, deeper kind that allows the reader a true sense of place. The McCords get to the heart of where they live/travel. Carol puts herself physically first person into the landscape and with her camera records usual and unusual images she encounters. Jim intuits the peoples who have come and gone before in those spaces, wondering sometimes in his writing about who they were and how they lived. Both Jim and Carol are focused physically, mentally, and spiritually with their chosen environs and so give the reader, who might be set on travel, a truly immersive reflection, one that is chock full of feelings and lovely images of their experience. Best of all, if you can’t travel to that part of France, you can almost be there reading this extraordinary collection.”
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