John Ciardi Collection
SUBGROUP I: Books
FELINES: GREAT POETS ON NOTORIOUS CATS. San Francisco:
Chronicle Books, 1992. Contains "My Cat, Mrs. Lick-a-chin."
[From YOU READ TO ME, I'LL READ TO YOU, but this is not a children's book,
with poems by Wordsworth, Dickinson, Yeats, Eliot, and others].
DOGGEREL: GREAT POETS ON REMARKABLE DOGS. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1990. Contains "The Dollar Dog." [From DOODLE SOUP, but this is not a children's book, with poems by Carl Sandburg, Robert Burns, Dylan Thomas, Ezra Pound, and others]. Hardcover book, first edition.
THE MAGAZINKOF FANTASY &SCIENCE FICTION: A THIRTY YEAR RETROSPECTIVE. Ed. Edward L. Ferman. New York: Doubleday, 1980. Hardcover Book Club edition. Contains a poem by Ciardi, "Love Letter from Mars."
THE WAR POETS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF THE WAR POETRY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Ed. Oscar Williams. New York: The John Day Company, 1945. Contains four poems by Ciardi. First edition. Signed by Ciardi on FEP. Contains some penciled Ciardi underlining on p. 3; more plus a marginal comment on pp. 4 and 6; more on pp. 35-6; a correction to one of his own poems on p. 102; and penned notes on poems on pp. 241-44. Gift from Judith Ciardi
THE WAR POETS. Second copy.
CREATIVE AMERICA. Ed. Jerry Mason. New York: The Ridge Press, 1962. Contains a Ciardi poem, "Stone Steps," p. 59. The contents page page says: "This book has been created for the National Cultural Center. The national center for the performing arts is about to be built in Washington. CREATIVE AMERICA is conceived in its spirit. It is a book about creation in all the arts."
CREATIVE AMERICA. Second copy.
BORESTONE MOUNTAIN POETRY AWARDS 1954. A Compilation
of Original Poetry Published in Magazines of the English-speaking World
in 1953. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1954. The book contains
two poems by Ciardi: "Old Woman on a Doorstep," The New Yorker
(5 September 1953), and "Snapshot," The Lyric (Summer
BEST POEMS OF 1961. Second copy.
WHERE STEEL WINDS BLOW, Poets on War: A Collection. Ed. Robert Cromie. New York: David McKay Company, 1968. Contains "Elegy Just in Case" (p. 81) from Other Skies (1947) and "The Formalities" (p.143) from This Strangest Everything (1966). First edition. Signed by the editor, Robert Cromie.
REFLECTIONS ON A GIFT OF WATERMELON PICKLE. . .AND OTHER MODERN VERSE. Signed twice by Ciardi, once on front endpaper and once on p. 33, after his poem, "Why Nobody Pets the Lion at the Zoo."
THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, 30th Anniversary Edition (October, 1979), p. 163. Includes "Love Letter from Mars" (which bears a 1964 copyright held by Mercury Press). Paperback.
THE KEY WEST READER: THE BEST OF KEY WEST'S WRITERS. 1830-1990. Ed. George Murphy. Key West, FL: Tortugas Ltd., 1989. Contains "Audit at Key West" from The Birds of Pompeii (1985) and "Tuesday: Four Hundred Miles" from For Instance (1979). First edition.
LITERATURE AND LIBERALISM: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SIXTY YEARS OF THE
NEW REPUBLIC. Paperback. Washington, D. C.: The New Republic
Book Company, 1976. Contains "Ode for School Convocation," p.
I THEE WED: Beautiful Tributes to Love and Marriage. Kansas City, MO: Hallmark Cards, 1969. Contains "I Marry You."
MINDSCAPES: POEMS FOR THE REAL WORLD. Ed. Richard Peck. New York: Delacorte Press, 1971. Has two poems by Ciardi.
SOME SHAPERS OF MAN. Ed. John H. Bens. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1968. Has "On Flunking a Nice Boy Out of School."
AMERICAN POETRY. Ed. Karl Shapiro. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1960. Contains "Mystic River."
NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The City as Seen by Masters of Art and Literature. Ed. John Gordon and L. Rust Hills. New York: Shorecrest, Inc., 1965. Contains "Joshua on Eighth Avenue."
HARVARD ADVOCATE CENTENNIAL ANTHOLOGY. Ed. Jonathan D. Culler. Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Publishing Co., 1966. Contains "Midnight on a Side Street."
THE NEW MODERN POETRY: British and American Poetry since World War II. Ed. M. L. Rosenthal. New York: TheMacmillanCompany,1967. Contains "The Gift."
THE DISTINCTIVE VOICE: Twentieth-Century American Poetry. Ed. William J. Martz. Glenview, IL: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1966. Paperback. Contains 11 Ciardi poems.
LIGHT YEAR '84: The annual of light verse &funny poems. Ed. Robert Wallace. Cleveland, OH: Bits Press, 1983. Contains "On Being Much Better Than Most And Yet Not Quite Good Enough" and "Indigenous." Hardcover.
BECAUSE I FLY: A Collection of Aviation Poetry. Ed. Helmuth H. Reda. New York: McGraw Hill, 2002. Hardcover.
POEMS OF DOUBT AND BELIEF: An Anthology of Modern Religious Poetry. Eds. Tom F. Driver and Robert Pack. New York: Macmillan, 1964. Hardcover. Contains two Ciardi poems, "Aunt Mary" and "In the Stoneworks."