Jack Ridl

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Jack Ridl born on April the 10th of 1944, is an American poet, and was a professor of English at Hope College,[1]

Life and career[edit]

Ridl's father, Charles "Buzz" Ridl, coached basketball at Westminster College, Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh. Ridl graduated from Westminster College, Pennsylvania with a BA and M.Ed., in 1970. He lives in Laketown Township, Michigan, with his wife, Julie.[2][3][4]

His work has appeared in LIT, The Georgia Review, FIELD, Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, The Denver Quarterly, Chelsea, Free Lunch, The Journal, Passages North, Dunes Review,[5] and Poetry East. Hope College has named its Visiting Writers Series for him.[6]

The sun rises over the trees behind our
house and the dogs want out. Today

it's supposed to snow again. Tonight
we'll have soup, just the two of us

and talk about our month in Italy,
how we wondered if we could live

in all that light. We'll remember
the last time we danced alone.[5]




  • Peter J. Schakel; Jack Ridl (1996). Approaching Poetry: Perspectives and Responses. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0-312-13281-1. 
  • Peter Schakel; Jack Ridl (2004). Approaching Literature in the 21st Century: Fiction, Poetry, Drama. Bedford/St. Martin's. ISBN 978-0-312-40756-8. 



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