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Scandal by Lola Ridge |

by Lola Ridge

Aren't there bigger things to talk about

Than a window in Greenwich Village

And hyacinths sprouting

Like little puce poems out of a sick soul?

Some cosmic hearsay--

As to whom--it can't be Mars! put the moon--that way....

Or what winds do to canyons

Under the tall stars...

Or even

How that old roué, Neptune,

Cranes over his bald-head moons

At the twinkling heel of a sky-scraper.




About This Poem

"Scandal" was published in Lola Ridge's second volume, Sun-up: And Other Poems (B. W. Huebsch, 1920), a collection of free-verse imagist poems.

Lola Ridge was born in Dublin in 1873 and immigrated to the United States in 1907. A poet and activist, Ridge was an early advocate for women's rights, gay rights, and the rights of immigrants. Ridge published five volumes of poetry before her death in 1941.

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