Friday, July 21, 2017

"Stories About Love / Wedding Poem for Ada & Lucas" by Jason Schneiderman

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July 21, 2017

Stories About Love / Wedding Poem for Ada & Lucas

Jason Schneiderman

About This Poem


"This poem was written for the wedding of the poet Ada Limón and Lucas Marquardt. When Ada asked me to write a poem for the ceremony, I was both intimidated and honored. The first drafts were about what I know of love—because my poems usually start when there's a truth I can't tell in prose—but those drafts were all terribly flat. I started thinking about Plato's Symposium on love, and how I love the story told by Aristophanes, even though it's become a bit of a cliché. Marriage is an institution with a history, and as I began to think about the ways that love has been personified, explained, and understood, I realized I could put the particular and the universal in tension."
—Jason Schneiderman


Jason Schneiderman is the author of Primary Source (Red Hen Press, 2016). He teaches at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY.


Photo credit: Marion Ettlinger

Poetry by Schneiderman


Primary Source

(Red Hen Press, 2016)

"A Love Song" by William Carlos Williams


"A Blessing for Wedding" by Jane Hirshfield


"The Forms of Love" by George Oppen


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