I Left My Head

By Lilian Moore 1909–2004 Lilian Moore
I left my head
Put it down for
a minute.
Under the
On a chair?
Wish I were
to say
Everything I need
in it!

Lilian Moore, “I Left My Head” from See My Lovely Poison Ivy (New York: Atheneum, 1975). Copyright © 1975 by Lilian Moore. All Rights Renewed and Reserved. Used by permission of Marian Reiner.

Source: A Jar of Tiny Stars (1995)

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Poet Lilian Moore 1909–2004

Subjects Living, The Body, The Mind


Lilian Moore is an editor, educator, poet, and self-styled yarn-spinner who played a significant role in children's literature during the mid-to late twentieth century. As the first editor of the newly established Scholastic's Arrow Book Club from 1957 to 1967, Moore pioneered the program that made quality paperback books accessible and affordable for elementary school children throughout the United States. In addition, she has . . .

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