Terese Svoboda
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“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.”

—Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress

“We need more books like this one.”

—Rene Steinke, author of Holy Skirts

“In Anything That Burns You, Terese Svoboda entertainingly parses the enigmatic life and powerful writing of Lola Ridge.”

—John Sayles, twice-nominated Academy Award screenwriter, director and novelist

“No one who cares about American culture will want to miss this book.”

—Cary Nelson, editor of Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford 2014)

“In this glorious and important book, Svoboda rehabilitates Ridge from the crime of being born a woman.”

—Anne Kennedy, New Zealand poet and author, The Last Days of the National Costume



The first full-length biography of Lola Ridge, a trailblazer for women, poetry, and human rights far ahead of her time.


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“Terese Svoboda on Lola Ridge.” Essay Daily. DIAGRAM, December 12, 2013.