Actually, Nielson in a letter I believe we reproduce Tolson does discuss
out pounding Pound as well as upending Eliot.
Yes, Library of Congress. Sorry, we bounce between both doing that lefty
thing we do.
Neither of these issues address the deeper question of why the academic
Poundians don't have more of an ear for poets that adopt his tenets.
On 11/24/2015 10:36 AM, ALDON L NIELSEN wrote:
> Two quick notes to avoid possible confusion.
> The comment about "outpounding Pound" was a remark made by Karl Shapiro ABOUT
> Melvin Tolson.
> Tolson's papers are at the Library of Congress, not the National Archives.
> Dear Roxana Preda,
> I know its been some months since our discussion of Pound and poets who worked
> in the Pound tradition. At that time, after a cursory look you characterized my
> work as being like that of a "shark". I simply took this to mean that like a
> shark my work never sleeps/rests.
> You were utterly correct. That work, Tale of the Tribe, was written to
> purposely overwhelm the reader as 20th century man was overwhelmed by events
> and their apocalyptic tinge.
> But more to the point my work, up until my David Jones inspired monologues, was
> written with the intention of utilizing techniques derived form the Cantos.
> Those techniques include an attempt at a grand melding of cultures and times,
> juxtaposition, citation, use of historical and factual data and events,
> critically tackling disciplines e.g. Pound/economics without fear of 'expert'
> censure, lyricism etc. all of which are operable in Pound's and my work.
> In my neck of the woods, we have a Poundian great chain of poetic being that
> runs though Louis Zukofsky, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Mel Tolson, Basil
> Bunting, David Jones, Ed Dorn, Peter Dale Scott, John Matthias, Joe Brennan and
> myself, all of whom feature prominently in FlashPoint magazine.
> When my wife and I went to the National Archives to bring to light heretofore
> unpublished Mel Tolson works, we confirmed that he specifically wanted to out
> Poundian Pound and felt he could because of his broader historical outlook.
> That's the kind of ambition we seek.
> I would hazard that my work is more Poundian in the strictest sense than any
> work done in the last 40 years.
> Kind regards,
> Carlo Parcelli
> FlashPoint Magazine
> "Study the fine art of coming apart."
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