Transnational long before the term gained currency, Lola Ridge (1873-1941) was one of the most notable poets writing in America from the publication of her first book, The Ghetto, in 1918 until her death, inauspiciously, shortly before America's entry into the Second World War. Born Rose Emily Ridge in Dolphin's Barn, Dublin, Ireland, the poet who world reinvent herself as ?Lola lived the first three decades of her life in Australia and New Zealand before emigrating to San Francisco and settling in New York. A political anarchist who chose to live in near poverty, a staunch advocate for women's rights, worker's rights, gay rights, and the rights of African Americans, Ridge was a social and literary trailblazer whose poetry fearlessly and richly set its sights on the neglected, the transgressed, just beyond the pale of the mainstream modernism of Pound, Eliot, Williams, Moore, and Crane. Likewise, her work as editor for literary and political journals established her relevance on both sides of the Atlantic. Still, for all of its concern with ?the materials of life and her cultural moment, Ridge's work even now continues to fuel itself with a visionary and spiritual urgency, to which her short poem ?Brooklyn Bridge attests: Pythoness body?arching Over the night like an ecstasy? I feel your coils tightening? And the world's lessening breath. This new edition of Lola's Ridge's collected early poems intends to redress the serious neglect her own work has endured over the past seventy-five years. Included are the complete texts of her first three books of poems, The Ghetto, Sun-Up, and Red Flag, as well as the never before published manuscript Verses (1905), the book of early poems she sought to publish in Australia before departing for America in 1907. With its publication, Lola Ridge's important place in the history of twentieth century poetry takes a significant step toward being recognized and restored.