One House Down

One House Down

by Gianna Russo
One House Down

One House Down

by Gianna Russo


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The candid poems in Gianna Russo’s One House Down are grounded in experiences of ambivalence and oneness, not unlike those we sometimes find in true love. Russo ruminates on the past and scrutinizes the present in her hometown of Tampa with honest affection, concern, anger and delight. She asks an essential question: How can we treasure a place whose history and values have sometimes supported injustice? And if those wrongs are still evident today—then what? With family roots in Tampa that go back over a century, Russo skillfully pursues an answer in these inventive, surprising poems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948692205
Publisher: Madville Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Gianna Russo is a Tampa native and third generation Floridian. She is the author of Moonflower, winner of the Florida Book Award Bronze and Florida Publishers Association Silver awards. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has had publications in Green Mountains Review, The Sun, Poet Lore, The MacGuffin, Tampa Review, Valparaiso, Ekphrasis, Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Florida Humanities Council Forum, Water Stone, Karamu, The Bloomsbury Review, and Calyx, among others. She is founding editor of the Florida poetry chapbook publisher YellowJacket Press. She holds an MFA in Poetry from The University of Tampa. She is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Saint Leo University where she directs the Sandhill Writers Retreat.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Two Houses Down, Middle of the Night 1


After the Poetry Reading, a Condom 4

The House Called Shadow Garden 5

Neighborhood Watch 6

At the Royal Palm Motel 7

“Please Help This Vet” 8

Old Orange Avenue 9

Old South Carriage Tours 10

Where Letha Lived 12

I Have Monkeys 15

Men on Bikes: A Standardized Test for White Women Alone on the Street 16

Laundry 18

You Didn’t Hear It from Me 19

Memory in Green 21

Flood Subject 22

Danny Jackson Must Not Die 23

Night Train and Little Owl 25

Where Shopping is a Pleasure 26

Professional Development: Active Shooter 28

HEADLINE: Student had Gun, Cops Say 29

Politics 30

Balancing, Truing, and Personal Service 31

The Ember of the Nursing Home 32

Nebraska Avenue Torch Song 33

Winter Solstice, Paris Street 34


Examining the Cannon 36

Pecha Kucha for Big Guava 37


New Year’s Eve, Paris Street 48

The Good Samaritan of Florida Avenue 49

In Sumptuous Ticking 51

Still Life 53

In the Midst of Magnolia 54

Sorry About that Thing I Heard 55

American Pantoum 57

Did You Find Everything You Need? 59

Thanksgiving Eve at Family Dollar 60

From Sea to Shining 61

Fairyland 62

Boutonniere 63

Reverend Billy’s Boogie Woogie and Mom’s Gulbransen 64

The Methodist Women’s Society Cookbook 65

Best Supporting Role 67

Between Mickey Mouse and I Don’t Give a Damn 68

Corner of Blanco and South Streets 69

The United Daughters of the Confederacy Float 70

So Many Hitchhikers on this Street 71

Nice ‘N’ Easy 72

“Anything Helps, God Bless” 73

Walking Home on Hanna Avenue, July 4th 74

The Next Door Neighbor 75

Four Houses Lost and Returned 76

Sanwa International Grocery 77


Somewhere Jazz 8

A Note of Thanks 81

Notes on the Poems 82

About the Author 85

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