I have a vinyl recording - "The World's Great Poets - Ezra Pound Reads His
Cantos" (Vol II). The sleeve notes by Hugh Kenner are dated 1968 and read "
A voice from another age, from a very old man, born in Idaho at a time
(1885) when the lanes of London were scavenged by municipal goats. Marius
the Epicurean was published in that year. Browning and Ruskin were active.
Wagner was but two years dead, Jesse James but three. And at 82, in
Spoleto, 1967, borne by earthspin with the rest of us through a cosmic (sic)
adrift with artificial satellites, the survivor retraces his written
memories"...and so on...
So it looks like he definitely read there in '67 at least.
>From: Michael EH <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine
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>Subject: EP in Spoleto in 1968?
>Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 23:06:19 +0900
>Can anybody answer the following question I received? Thanks in advance.
> ... I am curious to know
> the following: do you have any idea if Pound gave a reading at Spoleto
> 1968? I remember hearing him read there (I was all of sixteen), but as
> years go on I question my memory. Please help me with this if you can.
>To this I quoted Carpetner, pp. 888f., where EP is said to read other
>poems in the Spoleto Festival 1965. It was, Carpenter notes, 'first of
>several visits to the Spoleto Festival', so 1968 is a possibility. Then
>I asked if the questioner heard EP read _his_ poems and got the following
> I wish I could tell you that I remember what he read. I thought he was
> reading his own poems. What I do remember is being in the back of what
> have been a theatre, it was dark inside and the man reading was old and
> (for me) to understand. How I possibly remembered that it was Ezra
> I'll never know. Perhaps my sister and brother-in-law were impressed
> to make an impression on me. Anyway, I'd love for you to post my query.
>So here it is. I'd appreciate any input anybody could offer.
> Michael E Hishikawa
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