“The larger questions—what is it that art, in various media, can show us—appeal to a broad audience, on beyond our fascination with this one artist.” —Chicago Tribune“A Beautiful book pairing Spires’ poems with photos of the self-taught sculptor who became the first black artist to have a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art.” —St. Petersburg Times“Though the concept is sophisticated as well as imaginative, Spires’ eloquent verses are certainly accessible to young readers, and they’re effective blends of the concrete and the imaginative; while playfulness predominates in the poetry as art, there’s a sense of wonder and a vivid respect for the artist that underpins the humor.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books“A veritable treasure.” —Kirkus Reviews“Will encourage both youth and adult readers to explore the rich interplay between poetry and art.” —Booklist
Elizabeth Spires, the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, is the author of six poetry collections for adults, and the children’s book The Mouse of Amherst. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sept. 19, 2009. Elizabeth Spires reads from I Heard God Talking to Me at the Walters Art Musuem in Baltimore. Sponsored by Smartish Pace.