Poetry. THE GHETTO AND OTHER POEMS, Lola Ridge's major collection of poems, was first published in New York by B.W. Huebsch in 1918. This study of the Lower East Side immigrant subcultures by an Australian-born radical activist is a classic work of poetry and urban studies. "In THE GHETTO the primary interest lies in Miss Ridge's powers of observation and in their originality of her report. Others of her poems owe their chief interest to her passionate sympathy with the under-dog and with all the movements that make for rebellion and freedom.Flaming indignation against cruelty and injustice; the fighting spirit of labor; the multi-colored dreams of idealists appears as a foil to these drab portrayals of the under-world. The deepest note of the book is an unfaltering loyalty to the revolutionary ideal"--Leonard Dalton Abbot.
Lola Ridge, poet, editor, and passionate crusader for social justice, was a fixture of the New York literary avant-garde in the early twentieth century. Ridge's outspoken political views and vivid, original verse earned her a place of prominence amidst such left-wing reformers and artists as Kay Boyle, John Dos Passos, and Harold Loeb, as well as luminaries of modernist American poetry including William Carlos Williams and Hart Crane. However, since her death in 1941, Ridge's writing has become little more than a footnote to the history of American modernist poetry. Her books include VERSES, LIGHT IN HAND: SELECTED EARLY POEMS OF LOLA RIDGE, and THE GHETTO AND OTHER POEMS.Author City: USA