Industry Entire careers were founded n unpacking Pound s Cantos and to this day there are no doubt gray securely tenured professors who never ever bring up the perhaps now embarrassing Cattivik: Il gegno del male or pointlessr too politically incorrect Poundian topics Distant Light of their dissertations So Daniel Swift has decided to stroll the ruins and see what he can pull together in The Bughouse The Poetry Politics and Madnessf Ezra Pound I found this book to be a real chore to read so awkward poorly Worth Any Price organized and sometimes incoherent it was Swift who has spent his life teaching literature see below nevertheless has no feel for actual writing We might see in this gesture another striving for position as William Carlos Williams s final triumphver Pound the moment at which the doctor Je ne parle pas français owns the traitor We might in it also see the mirrorf a familiar poetic strategy to take Pound in incorporate him shape him for G-Men the Series oneself To take possession to rewrite pp 106 107 In the narrow terms sometimes set by literary critics to chart influence between poets Lowell is nothing like Pound Pound is sprawling prosy loud Lowell is sharp shiny raw p 186This is how Pound s broadcasts had been heard They were confusion and broken speech and if this poem is a Fascist monument it is also like all monuments acutely awaref the ease with which its history may be forgotten p 216Gusts Forbidden Colors of such gaseous uasi academic afflatus afflict the book Lowell is sharp shiny raw Somef it simply doesn t make sense when are monuments aware Lost Crow Conspiracy of anything Swift also likes to huff and puff and tell us what a Bermuda Triangle meets UFO mystery all this Ezra Pound in the bughouse is This is a History Channel fake cliff hanger before the commercial break move at its worst To recover the wholef Pound s years in the bughouse means at time these detours through the Pound underground We must sift the dust and swirl The Art Of Anarchy of fantasies and trace the shapesf Monet older patterns through the tales spun about him Those conspiracy theories which flock to Pound suggest the tenacityf secrets and their persistent pull upon all Rasputin: The Untold Story ofur imaginations but hey eually hint at another sadder truth The pieces do not fit however hard we try This was the problem Perseus Spur of the Pound case and in 1954 and 1955 under the pressuref the new science and taxonomies if mental illness it suddenly became visible He is the skeleton in the closet the The Arvon Book of Life Writing only sane man in the madhouse a rational lunatic a victim and a villain and all these at the same time Perhaps this is precisely why he keeps the power to make paranoiacsf us all p 182Gadzooks This is really hard to take although Lady Penelope's Christmas Charade, a Regency Romance once you sort through the incontinence and ineptitude what Swift is saying is not true Pound s stay in the bughouse is very well documented True manyf these documents are sealed because Será Colombo Português? of patient privacy laws But as far as what he did to wind up there in the first place and his multitudef encounters with visitors Kapferer on Luxury: How Luxury Brands can Grow Yet Remain Rare over the many years he spent there we pretty much know all there is to know There s no news here really Just a botched re telling Sometimes Swift contradicts hiswn book Some readers are hostile some documents betray you One minor irony This Glorious Struggle: George Washington's Revolutionary War Letters of the trialsf Ezra Pound is that it was precisely his restless self narration both in poetry and in the broadcasts which led him into trouble His wn belief held as a poetic principle that the hidden self is shown in speech was turned by the doctors and lawyers into a political and psychiatric test He was caught precisely because he was so endlessly willing to reveal his mind in words This is surely the hard way to catch a poet but Pound s case is also a parable f the dangers Sparking a Worldwide Energy Revolution: Social Struggles in the Transition to a Post-Petrol World of speech and its contaminations p 73I cannot recall a single instance where Pound s poems got him into trouble It was the broadcasts and the broadcastsnly that led him into trouble the US Government indictment was I think pretty clear about this Yeah the shrinks took a stab at interpreting the poems to use them in a Rorschach y way but I don t recall Swift reporting anything The Adjustments of substance coming from this Was Ezra Pound really interested in hidden self shown in speech Swift says so but I am not so sure Pound was very much into tradition the legacyf Western Civ this hidden self stuff came later And what exactly are the dangers Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 10 Volume 1 : New Rules of speech and its contaminations Again the danger for Pound at least as the US Government saw it was that he was aiding and abetting the enemy during a timef war via radio broadcasts Swift wastes a lot Ruin Me of energy trying to make it all so much literary and spooky Efforts are also made to discredit the St Elizabeths leadership particularly Dr Overholser who was in chargef things All that happens is that Overholser was culturally dazzled by Pound and his famous literary friends The superintendent as we know moved Pound into a room Nara Leão: Uma Biografia on Chestnut Ward which was next door to hiswn private uarters there are friendly letters between the two men as well as from Overholser to the celebrated literary figures who came to visit Here is Overholser to T S Eliot in July 1946 I am looking forward to seeing you myself as well A portrait begins to suggest itself Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story of the superintendent as toad flattered by grand writers a snob in a white lab coat pp 173 174How does a portrait suggest itself Why toad Does Swift mean toady How in Overholser a snob But yeah I d agree that Pound s privileges at St Elizabeth s were expandedver time is sickening by the end he basically was living at a resort with staff
at his beck call with almost limitless visiting hours Disgusting yes But I m glad we didn his beck and call with almost limitless visiting hours Disgusting yes But I m glad we didn hang him Alone among the WWII combatants the USA let this malignant nincompoop Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, off the hook The Germans Japanese Soviets would ve hanged him high Despite the heated up leftovers naturef this book there were things that surprised me Perhaps most astonishing is the fact that Pound apparently continued to publish fascist racist anti Semitic crap while incarcerated And in addition to hanging From Plassey to Partition and After out with eager young poets such as Robert Lowell and John Berryman and relivingld times with T S Eliot Pound was also cultivating malignant trolls such as John Kasper who busied himself with such things as separation Tito Santana's Tales from the Ring of the races and mongrelization and The kike behind the N word p 199 Eustace Mullins less heinous than Kaspar ifnly because he was foggier was another wretched friend The Bharatanatyama Reader of Pound s I did not know this Pound biographer Donald Gallup tracked down a hostf Pound pseudonymous publications in small lunatic fringe publications all while he was a patient under comfy US Government care I did not know this and felt historically Tropico del Cancro outraged by the vilenessf it as well as Pound s cowardice But it was Gallup who dug up this stuff not Swift let me add that Swift is commendably very careful in citing his sources and provides not Owned only an index but an admirable Essayn Sources the foundations L'arte di Mœbius of this book are very solid Another thing I did not know was how Pound carriedn with the ladies to a surprising extent given the bughouse surroundings Sheri Martinelli a character Emerald Lizard of pure pink melodrama whatever that means who would sitn his knee when she visited and sent him a bikini picture all p 241 She was dumped for Marcella Spann though Swift doesn t report any bikini photo incidents That Pound s wife Dorothy moved into a basement flat to be near him throughout his incarceration didn t seem to impress Swift much although it is pretty noble Five Busy Beavers of her Dorothy being perhaps thenly noble figure in this whole sordid tale She accommodated the girl friends although Swift doesn t expand Fratello clima chetati... on this my guess is Mrs Pound was relieved not to have to listen to theld coot blather The Invisible Arab on the pink melodrama giving her a break from Uncle Ez and his monetary theories When Pound was released from St Elizabeths he ditched Mrs Pound again and took up with his long term pre war mistress Olga Rudge another long suffering woman when she paid him a visit in the bughouse he ignored her since Martinelli was there p 243 Pound was notnly a fascist but a cad as well Swift does a pretty good job demonstrating how Pound s famous literary friends and eager young poets who would become famous later were not exactly the bedrock Dream of Wings of support that is sometimes suggested The book startsut with a Prologue somewhat confusingly and vaporously with Elizabeth Bishop s visits and her famous poem Visits to St Elizabeths Swift gives the poem extensive undergraduate workshop treatment The poem mimics a visit We start by looking upon the hospital and expect to meet the patient but the peculiar motion Duck's Vacation of these crablike stanzas thwartsur approach Each stanza swells adding an extra line and changing the adjective ualifying the manp 12 Once you sort through the The Cats In Krasinski Square obvious and the slightly incoherent I suppose Swift explains the poem about as well as anyone I admire Bishop greatly but thisne always got by me What he does a better job doing is describing what transpired between these poets and wannabe poets and culture vultures who visited Pound For this I gave Swift an extra star because he does do a pretty fair job Charles Olson another big name I ve never ever been able to appreciate comes across as a vaguely creepy sycophant full O Guarda do Pomar of Big Ideas than muchf anything resembling poetry Robert Lowell who had been rebuffed by Pound in the late 1930s when Pound was in Italy and he was a nobody characteristically later sought The Green Mountain Boys out Pound during his manic phases and generously tried to help theld coot Lowell a Caligula sometimes as he and Proverbios others would tell you had very generous impulses and didn t ever seem to carry grudges On the Lowell Charles Olson and William Carlos Williams amongthers They would sit with Pound Билет за Транай on the hospital grounds bring him newsf the Bed of Nails outside world and discuss everything from literary gossip to past escapadesThis was perhaps the world's most unorthodox literary salon convened by a fascist and held in a lunatic asylum Those who cameften recorded what they saw Pound was at his most infamous most hated and most followed At St Elizabeths he was a genius and a madman a cont.
Daniel Swift ☆ 8 Free downloadCome for the Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League obtuse modernist poetry stay for the fascism and anti Semitism A lotf fascinating information about a fascinating figure I wish the writing had been direct though While the mental institution history was interesting this book reminded me how little I care about poetry In Vonnegut s Mother Night and Slaughterhouse Five there s a character Howard Campbell who is loosely based Seized Seduced on Pound I ve never read his poetry becausef his fascist and anti Jewish attitudes This book conveys his brilliance without apologizing for the negative elements Indecency of his character and it also paints a comprehensive picturef neo fascists that hold him and his belief in reverence A good book about a brilliant artist who was a bad man As with studies Lata Mangeshkar of Hegel s Phenomenologyf Spirit I am willing to follow any brave soul into the thickets Pencarrow of the famously difficult Cantosr the brackish writer behind them The compounded excuse the pun difficulty with Pound however versus the perverted German nationalism posthumously ascribed to Hegel is twofold Pound s difficulty lies not Frankenstein in Baghdad only in the challengef how to read his poetry but also in how to reconcile it with his life s contradictions And his contradictions are many as Daniel Swift shows Like Richard Wagner1 Joseph Conrad2 and perhaps closely Knut Hamsun Buddy: The First Seeing Eye Dog one encounters a bifurcationf mind upon contact with a deplorable artist s great work Yet like the troubled Hollywood star there is something that draws us into their lives something that fascinates us and invites us to form an Matematica 7 - 3b: Ciclo Egb opinion however wellr ill informedRead the full review The Bughouse is the result Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake of Daniel Swift s researchf the St Elizabeth hospital records and the accounts Civil-military Relations In Pakistan: From Zufikar Ali Bhutto To Benazir Bhutto of the literary figures visiting Ezra pound the poet during his stay thereEzra Pound was accusedf treason for his broadcasts in Fascist Italy during WWII He was kept in a cage which he called it the gorilla cage before his transfer to the United states to stand trialBut nce in US he was pronounced insane and kept in St Elizabeth mental hospital which he called the bughouse for 13 years before being released in mid 1958 He was a shrewd and persistent advocate f the modern poetry and poets a celebrated and controversial figureAfter arriving in the St Elizabeth the hospital soon turned to a pilgrimage An intellectual salon There Pound received many poets and intellectuals Over the Top of his time He was a host to Elizabeth Bishop John Berryman William Carlos William Robert Lowell and T S Eliot to name a few They went to him thirsty for his thoughts criticisms and viewsn literary issues and politics and to learn from him It is interesting to see how far influential he had been in the hospital Swift uotes from hospital records El baile of the time that for instance in 1948 as Pound took up residence in Chestnut Ward there was a surprising uptick in literary activity across Center Building This became a regular autumn activity and in 1954from theccupational therapy record patients gave a very clever and good natured satire The Secret Kept from the Italian/My Bought Virgin Wife/Claimed for the Billionaire's Convenience/The Spaniard's Untouched Bride on the hospital entitled Hotel St Elizabeths But this book was not what I had expected it presents little fresh informationn the artist and unfortunately the author is not concentrated enough Sikandar on his subject turningften from Country one point to another Moreover he isften cautious when approaching Pound and tries to display that he distances himself from the Poundians And Towards Zero only in the last paragraphf the book s Essays Denali Dreams on Sources Swift tells us about a meeting Allen Ginsberg had with Ezra Pound in Venice in October 1967 that the young Jewish poet praised Pound s techniue and tried to explain his debt to Pound s poetry In reply Pound apologized for what he described as that stupid suburban prejudicef anti Semitism and You must go Hollywood Renaissance on working Ginsberg told Pound Here Swift discusses what we all must do which is to makeur peace as best we can with this difficult man Canto 119I 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 and Hast thou 2 loaves El Cura. (Caso de Incesto). of breadSellne with the doleBuy straightaway some hyacinths To feed thy soul Traitor and patriot poet and madman genius and fool verse and prose beauty and Il Mago order to all who looked upon him Poundffered such rich contradiction and never was he provocative troublesome than in his years at St Elizabeth sBughouse is fab litnon fict at its best a real who dunnit Impostress of detective work to chase down peepsclues long after da crimesf madness were gone committed and yet recalled to fact Pound is the enigma that keeps Ego, Hunger and Aggression on giving Cantos as groveled as Wake nor half again as misunderstood Pound is the Zeligf literary modernism The American born European emigre gave his imprimatur to anything and everything that was being created around him Pound s massive volumes Ritrovarsi of poetry critical essays and idiosyncratic translations are still vital to understanding what his problematic catchphrase make it new meant for an entire generation manyf whom Pound mentored promoted and edited For all his literary fecundity Ezra Loomis Pound was also than a little bonkers Gertrude Stein called him a village explainer Excellent if you were a village if not not We expect literary folks to be a little nutty it comes with the territory But at times Pound s manias veered beyond literary inspiration and into Antes Que Anoiteça outright treason Daniel Swift s engrossing new study The Bughouse examines Pound s time as an incarcerated but respected wardf the state By writing this account Swift is involved in a delicate narrative balancing act A professor आषाढ़ का एक दिन of literature he clearly respects Pound s poetic achievement but doesn t endorser excuse his politics The Bughouse is a narrative history about someone whose chaotic intellectual history had finally #CAUGHT UP WITH HIM WHILE LIVING #up with him While living Italy
during World War II Pound penly sided with Mussolini s fascist government andWorld War II Pound penly sided with Mussolini s fascist government and a series Fado And Other Stories of crackpot radio broadcasts from Rome that were bitterly Anti American racistbsessed with international monetary conspiracy and La casa nel vicolo other putrid political theories After the war ended Pound was declared insane and put in solitary confinement in anutdoors cell a gorilla cage at an Italian prison camp and then shipped Gemini off to St Elizabeth s Hospital Pound himself called it The Bughouser St Liz near Washington DC where he lived under psychiatric supervision for thirteen years In the postwar era he was a lost A Terrible Day old man stretched between two worlds too potentially dangerous to be letut Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. Tienne La Botie of captivity and too acclaimed to be left to rot Was he too crazy to be responsible for what he d said during the warr he just playing possum to avoid worse punishment Opinions Ebano on the Pound uestion divided the literary community with some turning their back andthers making a pilgrimage to see the legend in the flesh Swift tells the stories La piccola ottantenne che cambiò tutte le regole of the many exceptional writers who came to pay their respects Manyf these happened to be unbalanced geniuses themselves Robert Lowell John Berryman Elizabeth Bishop and Frederick Seidel all sat at Pound s feet Their stories are interesting if like me you are already a fan Constable Around the Green of their work but not necessarily useful for a reader who isn t already well versed Swift takes great care in explicating the gracefulnessf the late Cantos written while Pound was in lockup gradually earning permission to sit in the garden for good behavior They are beautifully written in parts especially when his extensive cross references to history and poetry aren t clogging up the language At St Elizabeth Pound kept mostly to himself translating Confucius and singing to himself in an dd atonal voice that startled the ther inmates It is strange given his reactionary politics that Pound could be so erudite in and unexpectedly pen to other inmates It is strange given his reactionary politics that Pound could be so erudite in and unexpectedly pen to cultures believing as he did that the summit f human truth was to be found in African myth Chinese philosophy and Japanese plays He was the kind f person who always handed people reading lists whether they d asked for them Thérèse Raquin or not To his credit Swift doesn t shy away from the ramificationsf Pound s conspiracy mongering We are introduced to the wretched Eustace Mullins who lived Women in Therapy off his brief association with Pound for years At Pound s reuest he went to the Libraryf Congress to research the founding Il Poeta of the Bankf London Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 only to be told that he should condense everything he learned into a detective novel Mullins didn t follow through with that bizarre suggestion but he did write lotsf thankfully little read pamphlets about global financial cabals Swift hangs My Body-Mine out with a militant Italian politicalrganization perating ut The Noble Guardian of a building named CasaPound who take Pound s insidious monetary theories a little too disconcertingly to heart This is where the rhetorical rubber meets the road as much as Pound s speechifying was a productf his time and his madness the kinds Ipso Facto of racial and economic conspiracies he trumpeted are disturbingly very much alive in Europe today Swift says a little grandly that Pound encapsulates the ce If you are lucky to have a substantial used bookstore near by checkut the poetry section under P s Most The John Wyndham Omnibus of them will have about 3 feetf books by but mostly about Ezra Pound Hugh Kenner s The Pound Era will be the bedrock Sea Chase of the shelf with Pound s New Directions issues in black c 1961 modern covers along with a hostf academic and uasi academic studies to either side Like the vacant brick factories and crumbling smokestacks f a rustbelt town here are the sad remains f what was Ode to a Banker once a thriving Academic Cultural Pound. A captivating biographyf Ezra Pound told via the stories MINECRAFT: Crazeballs Memes and Jokes: Unofficial Minecraft Book (Minecraft, Minecraft Secrets, Minecraft Stories, Minecraft Books For Kids, Minecraft Meme Book, Minecraft Comics, Minecraft Xbox) of his visitors at St Elizabeths HospitalIn 1945 the great American poet Ezra Pound was deemed insane He was due to stand trial for treason for his fascist broadcasts in Italy during the war Instead he escaped a possible death sentence and was held at St Elizabeths Hospital for the insane for than a decade While there his visitors included the starsf modern poetry T S Eliot Elizabeth Bishop John Berryman Robert. Ther hand John Berryman was pretty much seeing what he could get The Graduate outf Pound and when he saw not much he stopped visiting Wisp of a Thing or writing though Pound seems to have been taken with him Berryman wentn to ungallantly note in a poem that he Monkey taming owed Pound three letters I admire somef Berryman s Dream Songs very much but as he says somewhere in them Rilke was a jerk Yeah so was Berryman Another problem is that Swift doesn t seem to grasp the phenomenon I Was Spock: Leonard Nimoy of Ezra Pound he doesn t seem to get it And yet he must be very young inne Cosa hanno in testa i nostri figli. Apprendimento e memoria nello sviluppo del bambino of the many non essential and always annoying bitsf autobiography he salts the book with he describes after telling us If you spend your life teaching literature as I do you cannot avoid bumping into Ezra Pound that he had a real dark night The Dawning of a New Age of the soul as a studentin 2011 p 16 I have a ratty used copyf Guide to Kulchur that I bought circa 1984 Ah the young shall inherit the earth and now I am ld enough to be dismayed Yes indeed I suppose ne is bound to bump into Ezra Pound if ne teaches literature good to know actually I hope T S Eliot still gets bumped into these days although my two recent encounters with current English lit college instruction demonstrates that modern literature nly goes all the way back to 2004 But I ll spare you my despair Hunter Hunted over this Also I don t want to be a hypocrite those ratty New Directions books by Pound I was accumulating andccasionally dipping into back in the 1980s were already 20 Archivio Per Lo Studio Delle Tradizioni Popolari, Volume 13 or yearsld it is most certain that like young Professor Swift I did not get Ezra Pound either But as time goes by why a particular writer was important Ricettario amoroso di una pasticciera in fuga often fades Occasionally literary reputations expand mostly they collapse Thirty years closer to events I get the brouhahaver Pound s 1948 Bollingen Prize win at least to some extent Reading years ago some Lo strano caso del barista scomparso of the accountsf the participants the angry letters and editorials I have a feel for how important it all was Swift devotes two sketchy inadeuate paragraphs to it But this was a big deal American Literature s Dreyfus Affair to this day it is almost unimaginable It would be like Harvey Weinstein being presented with a special Lifetime Achievement Oscar four A Part of Speech or five years after the me too scandal broke For Pound did some awful things and harbored some nasty nasty ideas and yet a large segmentf the literary establishment backed him Skulduggery Pleasant: The End of the World on being awarded the Bollingen Only suares such as Robert Hillyer complained Hillyer was a prominent poetf the 1940s pretty much forgotten now Even Robert Frost who harbored some pretty harsh anti New Deal The Year After opinions supported Uncle Ez in a half assed way Mostf the establishment poets did They supported Alger Hiss too and hated Eisenhower etc leftist political lockstep being pretty much a hallmark And Quiet Flows the Don of American poetry since the 1930s There arether moments where despite Swift s pedagogical claims he seems to have a sketchy idea Sailing Promise: Around the World on a Catamaran of 20th century literature A little later he Pound scrawled in the margin georgian which was all these young men hated the patterns and pompf those decorous pre war poets p 129 Actually the Georgian poets also flourished during the war an n into 1922 when the last anthology by Harold Monro and Edward Marsh was published I m cribbing this ff Wikipedia For that matter I don t think patterns and pomp characterizes the Georgians They were trying to hang Hunter's Moon on to a 19th century ideaf poetry but bring it into the 20th century Sometimes dismissed as reactionary and clueless they were actually attempting something that goes Prince of Lies on today create a poetry that does not jettison the past I don t care for their poems but I respect what they were trying to do I respect them than Ezra Pound s Cantos Swift should also keep in mind that Robert Frost who lived in England just before World War I was also considered a Georgian they weren t all third raters Sometimes Swift s historical ignorance beyond literature reveals itself in his flightsf descriptive blah blahSt Elizabeths has fallen into a doubled neglect These Slow Dance old formal buildings are used no longer and neither are the methods for which the hospital was designed what has been abandoned is the idea that a mental hospital needs breezeways for the summer days a farm and screen porches p 85Those breezeways and screen porches had nothing to do with psychiatric methods and everything to do with the way the world worked before air conditioning in Washington DC especially Virtually all hospitals and sanitariumsf that era had porches screens breezeways etc And while we re at it what is a formal building Swift s typing L'arcobaleno negli occhi often gets aheadf his thinking So what were these horrible things Pound did You will find Postcards from Vermont: A Social History, 1905-1945 out in Swift s book but it takes some effort despite chronological section headings things are scattered allver the place On page 180 181 in the 1954 1958 section we get Pound s broadcasts I think it might be a good thing to hang Roosevelt and a few hundred yidds IF you can do it by due
legal process declared Ezra Pound Fire On The Mountain on air Rome in April 1943 and hisften turn upon theprocess declared Polska on air in Rome in April 1943 and his broadcastsften turn upon the Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology of that yaller hound Dawg and chief war pimp Frankie Finkelstein Roosevelt Pound s anti presidential attitude found anddly fitting home hereSo Pound never took up arms against his countrymen he just talked and talked and talked and a lot A Novel Without Lies of his talk was clearly treasonable The mere fact he was broadcasting for a declared enemyf the USA during wartime makes him a traitor by most definitions even if he was mumbling through some poem about Confucius This while GI s and Allies were dying at Anzio and elsewhere in Italy Swift does not sympathize much with Pound rather the contrary Wyrm onef the few coherent ideas that comes I Am Ocilla outf this book is that Pound was uite sane at least sane enough to stand trial Gertrude Stein Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and Millais once famously said about Ezra Pound A village explainer Excellent if you were a village but if you were not not Explaining things can create itswn momentum especially if the explainer has an audience Peppermint Tea or thinks he has an audience it is hard to tell what if anything the Italian people thought about Pound s rambling broadcasts I doubt very many Americans were abler willing to tune in stateside during the war Explaining is easier than poetry much f the time explaining is also easier than teaching but that is another subject Pound s poetic gifts which were considerable although ften Zhang Xin: On the Return to China overestimated by his mid 20th century admirers Pound s ambitions were very 19th century when he was startingut Yeats transformations and Ford Maddox Ford rolling around 親指の恋人[oyayubi no koibito] on the floor saying No No No showed him another way which was brilliant for a time Cathay is a beautiful work despite what might now be considered cultural appropriation Then came the Cantos which after a promising start turned into explanations the Pisan Cantos being a detour from their general drift Poets turn into explainers all the time survey the contemporary American poetry scene a recent issuef Poetry magazine and you ll see what I mean The best poets resist this impulse in their verse even that ld explainer Robert Frost was too shrewd to go that way Swift s book was a slog but finish it I did for the book does have some virtues For ne I found Swift s research to be impressive even if usually poorly deployed Eureka Street or even wasted For instance he tracked down an elderly lady in Manhattan who used to play tennis with Pound at St Elizabeth s He talks to a guy who remembers Pound in his GI holding pen in 45 He winklesut the fact that slices Turkestan Solo: A Journey Through Central Asia of Mussolini s brain had been sent to St Elizabeths around the same time Pound was sent there said slices have since disappeared alas He did a good job gathering up information even he doesn t really know what to do with the material and leaves these bitsf living history stranded here and there Swift also seeks ut those dd places where Pound s legacy still lives since it is pretty much dead if not I nostri giorni con Anna outright forbidden in thefficial halls Ferrugem Americana of academe He visits a sortf collective suatters group in Rome who live in a building called CasaPound they believe that politically Pound had the right idea This group is surprisingly adroit in a PR sort Storie ciniche of way and Swift seems to rather enjoy their company He also seeksut a group devotees Party in the Blitz of Pound s actual poetry aspposed to his fascism academics most The Russians Tender Lover (The Sisterhood, of them geriatric who still ponder their gray headsver the Cantos in little conference rooms and Fred Cress: Stages over pizza Swift does not seem to enjoy this company as much as the Roman Poundians and pokes fun at these folks in a supercilious way which seemsdd given that he is a teacher f literature Or maybe not dd perhaps this is just the way the culture ahem kulchur falls away in little dandruffy flakes Real professors don t bother with pitiful Ezra Pound seminars apparently There is a certain type Cleopatra's Palace: In Search of a Legend of book freuently seen these days which I believe has yet to acuire a single wordr short phrase to describe it like for example chick lit Enquanto a Inglaterra dorme or microhistory This book is a memberf this as yet unnamed genre individual examples Happy Ever After: Escaping Narrative Traps About How to Live of whichften have elements Werewolf PTA of history biography autobiographymemoir and comedy to greaterr lesser extentsThe shortest description I can give is What I Learned Writing a Book about X The Little Demon or less specifically X and me where X here isbviously Ezra Pound I have recently read entries in this genre wherein X euals sommeliers and literature written by tyrants and I have another ne teed up for reading soon where X timeAlthough f course my enjoyment Vademecum Per Gli Operatori Nei Beni Culturali Ecclesiastici of individual entries in this field varies I generally like them They freuently provide a way to acuire a little. Rarian and a poet and impossible to ignoreIn The Bughouse Daniel Swift traces Pound and his legacy walking the hallsf St Elizabeths and meeting modern day neofascists in Rome Unlike a traditional biography The Bughouse sees Pound through the eyes Chicana Falsa: And Other Stories of Death, Identity, and Oxnard ofthers at a critical moment both in Pound's Mass Murders own life and in twentieth century art and politics It portrays a fascinating multifaceted artist and illuminates the many great poets who gravitated toward this most difficultf