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I heard God talking to me : William Edmondson and his stone carvings

Author: Elizabeth Spires
Publisher: New York : Frances Foster Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Primary school : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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One night in the early 1930s, William Edmondson, the son of former slaves and a janitor in Nashville, Tennessee, heard God speaking to him. And so he began to carve - tombstones, birdbaths, and stylized human figures, whose spirits seemed to emerge fully formed from the stone. Soon Edmondson's talents caught the eye of prominent members of the art world, and in 1937 he became the first black artist to have a solo
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Genre/Form: Blank verse
Imagist poetry
Poetry
Juvenile poetry
Named Person: William Edmondson; William Edmondson; William Edmondson
Material Type: Fiction, Primary school, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Spires
ISBN: 9780374335281 0374335281
OCLC Number: 213598395
Description: 56 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Vision --
Gift --
Conversation --
Girl Thinking --
Adam and Eve --
Miss Louisa --
Jack Johnson --
Porch Ladies --
Eleanor Roosevelt --
Shoes --
Rabbit --
Talking Owl --
Old Turtle --
Three Crows --
Nieces and Nephews --
Birdbath --
Mermaid --
Hands --
Tombstone Talks --
Angel with a Pocketbook --
Ice --
Ararat --
Wisdom.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Spires.
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One night in the early 1930s, William Edmondson, the son of former slaves and a janitor in Nashville, Tennessee, heard God speaking to him. And so he began to carve - tombstones, birdbaths, and stylized human figures, whose spirits seemed to emerge fully formed from the stone. Soon Edmondson's talents caught the eye of prominent members of the art world, and in 1937 he became the first black artist to have a solo exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Here, in twenty-three free-verse poems, award-winning poet Elizabeth Spires gives voice to Edmondson and his creations, which tell their individual stories with wit and passion. With stunning photographs, including ten archival masterpieces by Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Edward Weston, this is a compelling portrait of a truly original American artist.

Collects photographs of the sculptor William Edmondson and his work with poetry written by the author accompanying each photograph.

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