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 was born in Dublin, grew up in New Zealand and Australia, and moved to the United States 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 community in ways that bear comparison to the works of Charles Reznikoff. The book was a critical success and led to her involvement with avant-garde magazines such as Others and Broom. Ridge went on to publish four more books of poetry.Author City: USA