Tolson may have not used these exact terms but it is clear from the
comments we saw he felt a competition with the Euro-centric Pound and
Eliot and intended to out do them even while he saw saw the poetic
possibilities of the Cantos and the Wasteland.
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 unpublished Mel Tolson works, we confirmed that he specifically wanted to out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
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