Ezra Pound, Canto CXX

Ezra Pound

…a writer with many problems [I’m thinking of points in Louis Menand’s “The Pound Error,” an article published in The New Yorker, June 2008] … Pound was influential, ridiculed, hated…a fascist, a bigot, brilliant editor, anti-Semitic, poet who made things “New” by using the “Old,” a tireless supporter of writers and artists, radio propagandist, prisoner in an Amercian camp in Italy, winner of the Bollingen Prize, disgraced, a terrible judge of character, both a follower of Imagism & one who abandoned the same, mad, sane, an inmate at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (1946-1958), free, a great talker, and, as Menand writers, one who in “his last years…did not speak.”

Canto CXX

I have tried to write Paradise
Do not move
      Let the wind speak
that is paradise.

Let the Gods forgive what I
      have made
Let those I love try to forgive
      what I have made.


~ by samofthetenthousandthings on March 7, 2017.

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