John Ciardi: North End’s poet laureate

Apr 14, 2016 585

"I was born June 24, 1916, at 25 Sheave Street in Boston's North End, which was then as now, though more so then, Little Italy ... . My mother, in the custom of her tribe, bore me in the same bed in which she connived me ... . "

So wrote John Ciardi, renowned poet, translator and teacher. I had long known of Ciardi's translation of Dante, and I knew he was Italian American, but I did not know he had been born in the North End. Truthfully, I don't recall now how I discovered that he was. But what matters is that he was a North Ender, that it meant something to him, and that it means something to the North End to remember it.

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