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Something Permanent by Cynthia Rylant, Walker Evans ...
 

Something Permanent by Cynthia Rylant, Walker Evans ...

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GOOD FORMER LIBRARY HARDCOVER/JACKET. SECURITY TAG REMOVED FROM JACKET.Grade 8 Up-Nearly 60 years ago, Walker Evans and James Agee documented the lives of poor Southern sharecroppers. Their efforts resulted in a devastating, legendary account of the Depression, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Here, Rylant pairs Evans's photographs with 29 short, lyrical poems. Almost of necessity, her subject matter concerns survival. "House," "Bed," "Rocker," "Utensils," and "Grave" evoke an existence stripped of all but the essential. The poet shows how seemingly inconsequential things-a window box filled with plants, a few prized possessions displayed on a mantel-can spell the difference between hope and despair. Sly humor surfaces as well. Rylant's spare, conversational style matches the spirit of the pictures; her respect for the people whose way of life Evans has captured shines through. Powerful as the words are, the photographs steal the show. They pull viewers back again and again, deepening current notions of pride and endurance. Beautifully designed, the volume is printed on high-quality glossy paper. Each black-and-white, full-page photo is faced by a strategically positioned poem on the opposite page; silver endpapers add a luxuriant touch. Not a comfortable book, Something Permanent will delight and disturb readers.
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