Eve Merriam

(19 July 1916 – 11 April 1992 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Eve Merriam
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Eve Merriam was an American poet and writer.

Born as Eva Moskovitz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was married for a time to writer Leonard C. Lewin. She later married screenwriter Waldo Salt and was actress Jennifer Salt's stepmother.

Merriam died on April 11, 1992 in Manhattan from cancer.

Writing Career

Merriam's first book was the 1946 Family Circle, which won the Yale Younger Poets Prize.

Her book, The Inner City Mother Goose, was described as one of the most banned books of the time. It inspired a 1971 Broadway musical called Inner City and a 1982 musical production called Street Dreams. In 1981 she won the NCTE Award for ... more »

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Catch a Little Rhyme

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme

I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door

I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted to an icicle

I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat

I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale

I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat

When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper

Then it grew into a kite
and flew far out of sight...

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