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I Heard God Talking to Me: William Edmondson and His Stone Carvings

by Elizabeth Spires

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A wonderful book of poems which introduces the little-known sculpture of folk artist William Edmonson. Great poems, excellent photos and compelling artwork make this a highly recommended book--for kids and adults.
  rdelamatre | Jun 7, 2010 |
Beautiful poetry and striking images of the stone carvings of William Edmondson all add up to a wonderful book. ( )
  bndancer23 | May 14, 2009 |
Ages 9-12
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.
  Junep | Feb 5, 2009 |
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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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:45:00 -0400)

As his sculptures introduce themselves, African American artist and Tennessee native William Edmondson, who lived during the first half of the twentieth century, recounts episodes from his life, including how God called him toward his vocation of stone carving.… (more)

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