TCC Reads: Poems of Love and Marriage by John Ciardi

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 John Ciardi

John Ciardi (far left) was an American poet, translator and etymologist. After serving in WWII he met and married a young journalist named Myra Hostetter. We recommend his collection of poems about their life together, Poems of Love and Marriage. This collection would make an excellent wedding or anniversary gift for someone who likes poetry. Read an excerpt, Ciardi’s poem “Most Like and Arch This Marriage” here:


Most Like an Arch This Marriage

By John Ciardi

Most like an arch—an entrance which upholds
and shores the stone-crush up the air like lace.
Mass made idea, and idea held in place.
A lock in time. Inside half-heaven unfolds.
Most like an arch—two weaknesses that lean
into a strength. Two fallings become firm.
Two joined abeyances become a term
naming the fact that teaches fact to mean.
Not quite that? Not much less. World as it is,
what’s strong and separate falters. All I do
at piling stone on stone apart from you
is roofless around nothing. Till we kiss
I am no more than upright and unset.
It is by falling in and in we make
the all-bearing point, for one another’s sake,
in faultless failing, raised by our own weight.