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Lola Ridge: The Dream

I have a dream
to fill the golden sheath
of a remembered day….
(Air
heavy and massed and blue
as the vapor of opium…
domes
fired in sulphurous mist…
sea
quiescent as a gray seal…
and the emerging sun
spurting up gold
over Sydney, smoke-pale, rising out of the bay….)
But the day is an up-turned cup
and its sun a junk of red iron
guttering in sluggish-green water –
where shall I pour my dream?


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Lola Ridge was born in 1873 in Ireland but lived much of her adult life in the United States, dying in Brooklyn, New York in 1941. She was a pioneer of  ‘Anarchist poetry’, a reference to her free-verse imagistic style and radical political views. She was an influential editor of avant-garde, feminist, and Marxist publications.

One comment on “Lola Ridge: The Dream

  1. johnlawsonpoet
    May 24, 2019

    Wow, glad to know about Ridge–I’d never heard of her, but now want to learn more.

    Liked by 1 person

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