We discuss this, and much more on Pound, in our extensive birthday posting in 2021 –
(and also – see here)
Michael Washburn writes here on Pound and Ginsberg – “Ezra Pound – Prototypical Beat?”
(and also, if you can find it!), see Alessandro Tessauro’s monograph (in Italian) – Pound Beat
R.O.Bletchman in the New York Times blithely cartoon-izes Pound’s tragic eclipse – “The Downfall of Ezra Pound” – “A poet who was undone by his own words”
Typically, Bletchman’s doodles elicited response from both sides of the fence:
“Ezra Pound was not betrayed by his words. He was a blatant antisemite, not just someone who used antisemitic language…His words did not betray him, his actions did.”
“R.O Bletchman’s Sketchbook makes an absurd omission of the poetry for which Ezra Pound has been rightly recognized and celebrated for decades…Bletchman’s serve-him-right simplistic zeal betrays the complexities of the poet..”
We have no intention today, on Pound’s birthday, to disregard Pound’s extra-ordinary poetic achievement. On the contrary, we draw your attention to the rich array of materials (audio materials) made available on (one of our favorite sites) the incomparable PennSound.
We’d also like to draw your attention to Daniel Cosme‘s uploading of much of this material on You Tube, starting with the Harvard Vocarium readings, from 1939, (which is how we begin this posting). “Only emotion endures” – Pound endures.