The New York Times obituary would describe Lola Ridge as one of the “leading poets of America,” and in 2011, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky called her “[a]n early, great chronicler of New York life.” She was a chronicler, too, of the working class throughout the industrial Northeast:
Charge the blast furnace, workman. . .
Open the valves—
Drive the fires high . . .
(Night is above the gates). . .
For Zara Raab’s review of Terese Svoboda’s biography of Lola Ridge, Anything That Burns, go to Critical Flame online or clickhere.