July 19, 1916- 1992Eve Merriam was a poet, playwright, director and lecturer. She is a master at using metaphors to craft a poem. These are two of my favorite ones. Each poem gives me food for thought.
Metaphor by Eve Merriam
a new sheet of paper
for you to write on.
Whatever you want to say,
folds it up
and files it away.
The bright words and the dark words
and a new day
to write on.
How To Eat a Poem by Eve Merriam
Don't be polite.
Pick it up with your fingers and lick the juice that
may run down your chin.
It is ready and ripe now, whenever you are.
You do not need a knife or fork or spoon
or plate or napkin or tablecloth.
For there is no core
to throw away.
Eve Merriam wrote many poetry books. One poetry Inner City Mother Goose was the basis for the 1971 Broadway musical, Inner City. This is a link to a complete list of the books she has authored.http://www.directtextbook.com/author/eve-merriam
In 1981, she was named the winner of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children.
I have enjoyed using her books in the classroom. Blackberry Ink is a fun book for young readers. It is a collection of humorous and nonsense rhymes on various themes.