Two quick notes to avoid possible confusion.
The comment about "outpounding Pound" was a remark made by Karl Shapiro ABOUT
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unpublished Mel Tolson works, we confirmed that he specifically wanted to out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.
"Study the fine art of coming apart."
--Jerry W. Ward, Jr.
Sailing the blogosphere at: http://heatstrings.blogspot.com/
Aldon L. Nielsen
Kelly Professor of American Literature
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802-6200