10/30/19, written on the 1885
birthdate of poet Ezra Pound
I came from a small town, &
I wanted to shape the world
with conciseness and clarity.
I wrote poetry, people said
that they enjoyed my work —
but I wanted to affect more...
so I wrote for publications &
I edited published poets too,
such as my contemporaries
like T. S. Eliot, James Joyce,
Robert Frost, & even Ernest
Hemingway. I did more work,
but I didn’t mesh with the U.S.
bureaucracy... so I moved away
& was wrapped up in WWI & II,
until I thought the answers
were that government should
have control over our lives,
to try to make life better. So
I embraced Benito Mussolini’s
fascism in the 30s and 40s.
Then the Americans caught me
in ‘45, charged me w/ treason,
& their jails almost broke me —
they kept me in a mental prison
for over 12 years, but I say my
existence has become a prison
already. I may not have all the
answers, but I will still look for
them, and write about them.
With this I may hopefully shape
modern literature, so my writing
lasts as long as literature * itself.
* “Books: Unpegged Pound”, Time, 20 March 1933;
Hemingway (2006), 25, from The Cantos of Ezra Pound:
Some Testimonies by Ernest Hemingway, Ford Madox Ford,
T. S. Eliot, Hugh Walpole, Archibald McLeish, James Joyce,
and Others, Farrar & Rinehart, March 1933