Lola Ridge

(December 12, 1873- May 19, 1941 / Dublin)

Lola Ridge Poems

1. A Memory 4/21/2010
2. A Toast 4/21/2010
3. A Worn Rose 4/21/2010
4. After Storm 2/8/2012
5. Altitude 2/8/2012
6. An Old Workman 2/8/2012
7. Art And Life 4/21/2010
8. Babel 4/21/2010
9. Betty 2/8/2012
10. Bowery Afternoon 4/21/2010
11. Broadway 4/21/2010
12. Brooklyn Bridge 2/8/2012
13. Cactus Seed 2/8/2012
14. Celia 2/8/2012
15. Comrades 2/8/2012
16. Dawn Wind 4/21/2010
17. Debris 4/21/2010
18. Dedication 4/21/2010
19. Dispossessed 4/21/2010
20. Dreams 4/21/2010
21. East River 2/8/2012
22. Electricity 2/8/2012
23. Emma Goldman 2/8/2012
24. Faces 4/21/2010
25. Flotsam 2/8/2012
26. Frank Little At Calvary 4/21/2010
27. Fuel 4/21/2010
28. Histrionics 4/21/2010
29. In Harness 2/8/2012
30. Interim 2/8/2012
31. Iron Wine 4/21/2010
32. Jaguar 2/8/2012
33. Jude 2/8/2012
34. Lullaby 4/21/2010
35. Mama 2/8/2012
36. Manhattan 4/21/2010
37. Monologues 2/8/2012
38. Mother 12/17/2014
39. Nocturne 2/8/2012
40. North Wind 4/21/2010
Best Poem of Lola Ridge

Mother

Your love was like moonlight
turning harsh things to beauty,
so that little wry souls
reflecting each other obliquely
as in cracked mirrors . . .
beheld in your luminous spirit
their own reflection,
transfigured as in a shining stream,
and loved you for what they are not.

You are less an image in my mind
than a luster
I see you in gleams
pale as star-light on a gray wall . . .
evanescent as the reflection of a white swan
shimmering in broken water.

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Bowery Afternoon

Drab discoloration
Of faces, façades, pawn-shops,
Second-hand clothing,
Smoky and fly-blown glass of lunch-rooms,
Odors of rancid life…

Deadly uniformity
Of eyes and windows
Alike devoid of light…

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