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Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:33:45 -0500
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Competition. Well there's you. C.
On 11/24/2015 10:45 AM, Joe wrote:
> I looked this woman up.  I guess your conversations were on the Pound List, which, for some reason, I'm no longer subscribed to.  I haven't read anything by her, but I assume she's the typical academic feeding on the corpus of Pound.  Socrates pointed out that there are sharks and then there are sharks.  I agree with you about the past 40 years, but you've had very little competition.
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> Subject: Poundian poets
> 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 heretofore unpublished Mel Tolson works, we confirmed that he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