Lola Ridge Poems
- Mother Your love was like moonlight turning harsh things to ...
- The Dream I have a dream to fill the golden sheath of a ...
- Betty You can see the sandhills from our new ...
- The Ghetto Cool, inaccessible air Is floating in velvety ...
- Broadway Light! Innumerable ions of light, Kindling, ...
- A Toast Not your martyrs anointed of heaven - The ages are ...
- Monologues Nasal intonations of light and clicking tongues… ...
an anarchist poet and an influential editor of avant-garde, feminist, and Marxist publications best remembered for her long poems and poetic sequences. She, along with other political poets of the early Modernist period, has been coming under increasing critical scrutiny at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Life and Writings
Ridge grew up in New Zealand and Australia, and moved to the San Francisco in 1907.
Her first book, The Ghetto and Other Poems was published in 1918. The title poem portrays the Jewish community of Hester Street New York, and deals with the effects of capitalism, gender conflict and conflicts between generations on this immigrant... more »
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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.