On Marriage

By Meghan O'Rourke b. 1976 Meghan O'Rourke
Stone by stone, body by body in the grass:
For this we trade our lone compass,

Become swans instead, adrift in glaze-
Light, kilned in the arms of each other

Into vessel-vassal new. Or shrew,
As the case may be. What would you do?   

Listen to the footsteps in the thistles.
Put the kettle on for tea, and whisper it to me.

Source: Poetry (June 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the June 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

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Biography

Poet, essayist, and memoirist Meghan O’Rourke was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1976.  She is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MFA in writing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina.  From 2005-2010 O’Rourke was poetry co-editor for the Paris Review, and in 2000 she was a fiction editor for the New Yorker.  Since 2001 she has been a contributing writer for the online magazine Slate
 
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SUBJECT Living, Love, Marriage & Companionship, Home Life, Relationships, Men & Women, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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