A Matter Of Taste
Poems For Activity Time
Read By Eve Merriam
Caedmon TC 1339
Terrific children's set that works on many levels for kids and adults alike. Great poetry read in a subtle, quite manner, live and unrehearsed manner to a group of children who spontaneously interact with Merriam.
The strange cover image in credited to "Artwork by Mazin-Wyckoff, from Caedmon's What Is Poetry? filmstrip series.
From the back cover: Although I have not made a statistical investigation, I doubt that there is a more versatile talent in this country that Eve Merriam's. Born in 1916 in Philadelphia, Eve Merriam has published twenty-eight books, and there are at least three more in the works. They include Family Circle, which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize: Figleaf, an unreserved exposure of the fashion industry in the U.S.A.; The Double Bed and After Nora Slammed The Door, witty examinations of the war between the sees which would have startled lbsen; The Trouble With Love, a sequence of compelling poems which are both passionate and probing; Basics, subtitled "An I-Can-Read Book for Grownups;" The Inner City Mother Goose in which the old nursery rhymes are neatly turned into devastating social satire; as well as such captivating books for children as Funny Town, Miss Tibbett's Typewriter, and three volumes revealing her preoccupation with what makes poetry: It Doesn't Always Have To Rhyme, There Is No Rhyme For Silver, and Catch A Little Rhyme, some of the sources of this record. – Louis Untermeyer