Something Permanent by Cynthia Rylant

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The photographs of Walker Evans tell stories of ordinary people living in America in the extraordinary time of the Great Depression. Cynthia Rylant’s poetry about the photographs offers a new voice in the telling, celebrating the beauty of life lived in extreme circumstances.

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No Bio Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University. Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature. She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award. She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes.
Published May 13, 1994 by Harcourt Children's Books. 64 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Two gaunt men are hanging around a bleak building: ""So what are you gonna do/while you're waiting for/a little work,/'cept...swap some stories./Hell, story's the only thing that's free in this world."" Or a window box brims with life: ""And he thought that if he could/just get those plants up......

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A photograph of a crooked mantel inspires a description of a woman who ``knew about beauty and understood it.'' A picture of two empty iron beds speak to Rylant of a couple who ``would turn toward each other, and, / nestled in the warm breathing / of their other babies, / ease their weary minds /...

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Nashville Public Library

Walker Evans’ simple, yet haunting, black and white photographs capture every detail of life during the Great Depression, from the dirt on the floor to the news papered walls, transporting the viewer to another time and place.

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