Eve Merriam (July 19, 1916,-April 11, 1992) ,was a poet, playwright, director and lecturer. She was 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 book "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 Eve Merriam's 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.
- buns or Hawaiian rolls
- melted butter
- poppy seeds
- Swiss cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay sheets of foil on the counter.
- Melt butter and use a pastry brush to apply butter on one side of the bun. Spread mustard over the butter and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
- Add on ham and cheese.
- Place bun on a sheet of foil. Seal the bun in foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.