Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Solitary Volcano
Ezra Pound is a poet I've long wanted to explore. I noticed the anniversary of his release from St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital in Washington, DC, in 1958. He had been detained immediately after World War II and held at U.S. military base for months in Pisa before being returned to the US, where he spent 12 years at St. Elizabeths. Of course, one can condemn his support of fascism and his anti-Semitic rants but one wonders if it was the political black eye Pound gave America that motivated this treatment, not his positions, as many a corporate head, including our dear Henry Ford, had supported Hitler before the war and was a known anti-Semite.
I was looking for biographies and came across this one by John Tytell. There is a newer one published in 2007 by David Moody. Here is a copy of Pound's Letters in Captivity. Nice to see that Pound is included in the Library of America, which he richly deserved.