ANYTHING THAT BURNS YOU
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women poets
modernism
social activism
Communism
literary movements
20th century poetry
literary journals
Australia and New Zealand
authors
Sacco & Vanzetti trial and execution
New York literary history
anarchist movement in early 20th century
social justice
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ANYTHING THAT BURNS YOU : A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet

Anything That Burns You is the first full-length biography of Lola Ridge, a trailblazer for women, poetry, and human rights. Terese Svoboda takes the reader on a fascinating journey that follows Ridge's life from her childhood as an Irish immigrant in the mining towns of New Zealand to her years as a budding poet and artist in Australia, and then to San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, where she flourished as a poet and editor of the avant-garde journals Others and Broom. By the 1920s, Ridge was at the center of modernism: good friends with William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore, while promoting the careers of Hart Crane and Jean Toomer, in addition to writing brilliant socially critical poems. At one time considered one of the most popular poets of her day, Ridge later fell out of critical favor due to her impassioned verse that looked head-on at the major social woes of society, infused with a radical belief in freedom that she gleaned from her mentors Emma Goldman and Margaret Sanger. Certain to revive the legacy of this unique artistic figure-as unforgettable as Virginia Woolf or Frida Kahlo-this lively portrait gives a veritable who's who of all the key players in the arts, literature, and radical politics of her time, in which Lola Ridge stood front and center.

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Book Topics
women poets
modernism
social activism
Communism
literary movements
20th century poetry
literary journals
Australia and New Zealand
authors
Sacco & Vanzetti trial and execution
New York literary history
anarchist movement in early 20th century
social justice

Reviews and Comments

  • "Svoboda resurrects the fascinating life and work of Lola Ridge. A lively, complex portrait emerges ... of a talented, driven woman for whom 'art and activism were one' and who deserves remembrance not just as 'a fulcrum of modernism' but a premier poet in her own right."
  • "Radical, modernist, fiery, glamorous, feminist- adjectives and categories can only gesture toward the enduringly significant life and works of the poet Lola Ridge, whose story has been gracefully told, with her poems lucidly understood, by Terese Svoboda."
    former Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress
  • "Anything That Burns You tells the riveting story of Lola Ridge, a revolutionary and influential poet of her time, now (like so many female artists) lost to history. Terese Svoboda has written a brilliant biography, as original as it is compelling, and a fascinating exploration of literary legacy... A poet herself, Svoboda's insights are startling and apt, and she constructs a colorful, well-researched background for re-considering Ridge's considerable achievements. We need more books like this one."
    Author, Holy Skirts
  • "In Anything That Burns You Terese Svoboda entertainingly parses the enigmatic life and powerful writing of Lola Ridge, an immigrant who burned for many years as a vital force among American artists challenging the 'socially acceptable' limits of both literature and human behavior. A story of prejudice, ambition and personal struggle, with Ridge's long-neglected talent shining through it all."
    Two-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter, director, and novelist
  • "This is the biography of Lola Ridge many of us have been waiting for. Elegantly and accessibly written, thoroughly researched, it gives us everything we need to recover this extraordinarily versatile writer. Ridge was at the center of American modernism for years, not only as a writer but also as an editor and a political activist. No one who cares about American culture will want to miss this book."
    Editor, Anthology Of Modern American Poetry (Oxford 2014)
  • "If any subject was going to entice poet, novelist and memoirist Terese Svoboda to bring her formidable narrative mastery to bear on the form of the literary biography, it had to be Lola Ridge. Bringing her own lyric eye to Ridge's poetry, Svoboda reveals the innermost machinations of the woman and reminds us why it is essential to know the life and work of Lola Ridge... In this glorious and important book, Svoboda rehabilitates Ridge from the crime of being born a woman."
    Author, The Last Days of the National Costume
  • "Discovering Ridge's work and life will be a delight for readers of women authors, feminism, and poetry, especially those interested in activist writers."