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Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:06:14 -0500
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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heretofore unpublished Mel Tolson works, we confirmed that he 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