There no form, not yet, anyway. If you'd like to join the society,
make a subscription to Paideuma.
With all my best,
Quoting Robert Kibler <[log in to unmask]> on Wed, 13 Nov
2013 19:41:22 +0000:
> where does one get the form to join the EPS? I would like one. Thanks. Robert
> "Foolish is he who stands guard over my intentions, but pays no heed
> to his own.
> Theognis, lines 439-40, Greek Elegiac Poetry, Loeb Classic
> Robert E. Kibler, PhD
> Professor of Literature and Humanities
> Minot State University, Minot North Dakota
> 701 858 3876
> From: - Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine
> [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Grace Davis
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> Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 1:33 PM
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> Subject: Re: EPS Information bulletin no.3/November 10, 2013
> Thanks, Roxana, for this wonderful information. I did not know all
> of this, certainly, and many people want to know what's what. You
> are great and continue to inject life into the society. I wrote Mary
> de Rachewiltz about your work, and she is happy. Love, Grace
> From: Roxana Preda <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Sunday, November 10, 2013 2:26 PM
> Subject: EPS Information bulletin no.3/November 10, 2013
> Dear Poundians,
> I have written the text below as a short historical report on our
> society ? it is not meant to be exhaustive and final, but to settle
> some important points for us and better define our society. Please
> write to me if you find errors or would like to add info I may have
> Many people have helped me with information: warmest thanks are due
> to Gail Sapiel, who gave me scans of documents from the Paideuma
> archives; Prof. Barry Ahearn who generously sent me a copy of his
> own historical report of 2001; Rick Catrone for adding a scan that I
> circulated to friends to ask for advice, and finally Demetres
> Tryphonopoulos who pointed out a very informative article by Burt
> Hatlen ? you?ll find my sources at the bottom of the report.
> This short history of the society is the first part of a larger
> posting about the society in the context of the other initiatives in
> which Poundians are involved. But that other colourful info is
> reserved for later. My first story now concerns the EPS.
> The Ezra Pound Society - The Story So Far
> Our tale begins in 1978, when Carroll F. Terrell had the initiative
> of adding a ?book club? to the National Poetry Foundation. He had
> created the NPF seven years previously, to enable the launching of
> Paideuma. Since 1972, the journal had gathered around it the best
> scholarship on Ezra Pound and implicitly created a community of
> scholars who would have needed to buy books that were of great
> interest to them, but too specialized for a general market. At some
> point, Terrell wanted to rename the NPF ? he made the attempt of
> calling it the Ezra Pound Society. However, this did not work out.
> This is what he wrote:
> "Stuffed into the pages of this issue you will find ? a membership
> blank which is an invitation to join the Ezra Pound Society as an
> adjunct activity of the National Poetry Foundation, Inc. I had once
> planned to convert the Foundation to the new name, but the red tape
> and legal fees make that idea [with apologies] 'inoperative.' Since
> we can accomplish the same thing by this ploy, the trouble is also
> My idea is to form a sort of Mini-Readers Subscription Club made up
> of people who will be the most interested in special studies on the
> work of Pound. I expect to publish 2 to 4 books a year but will
> deliberately choose those which commercial publishers or university
> presses cannot print because they can be expected to have too small
> a market. [?] Members of the Ezra Pound Society will receive a 50%
> discount on each book." (Paideuma Bulletin Board, 8 1 Spring 1979)
> In the same number, Terrell announced the formation of two
> "chapters" of the EPS: one at the University of Maine and one in
> Kyoto, expressing the hope that similar organisations of minimum ten
> members would be created to form a network of chapter locations in
> the United States, Canada and Europe. This did not come to pass. The
> two initial chapters are the only ones that have been created to
> date. Membership to the society in the Western hemisphere was
> established by the subscription to Paideuma, which continued to be
> the axis of all Terrell?s initiatives. He wrote the initial charter
> of the society, which established the minimum number of members, the
> dues ($25), and the privileges (free issue of Paideuma and 50%
> discount on books). This initial charter was rather unspecific as to
> the kind of officers it might have needed, since Terrell assumed the
> type of officer would be determined locally. Since this was to be a
> network, the document also mentioned
> ?delegates? to ?national meetings.? The mission of the society was
> to ?promote and develop the study of Pound?s work as a poet and man
> of letters.? (charter document, 1978)
> The year the EPS was founded (1979, if we take it to overlap with
> the announcement in Paideuma) was very critical. Terrell was
> finishing the first volume of the Companion (published in 1980) and
> was also retiring from full time academic duties (1981) to
> concentrate on the second volume (1985). Additionally, the NPF was
> enlarging its sphere of scholarly interest to the Objectivists and
> other poets in the Pound tradition: Terrell founded Sagetrieb in
> 1982 and after the first issue asked Burt Hatlen to take over
> editorship (Hatlen 59). In 1989, Terrell gave up full-time
> responsibility for the NPF, though continuing to act as consultant
> for Paideuma (Hatlen 48). Membership in the EPS was in all respects
> included within the NPF and its activities at Orono: the publication
> of the journals, the conferences at the University of Maine (1975,
> 1980, 1985, 1990), and the books that were published under the aegis
> of the NPF.
> It was Burt Hatlen who gave our society a degree of autonomy when he
> became Director of the NPF and Secretary of the EPS in 1990. In 1992
> he revised the initial charter of the EPS and established a set of
> amended by-laws that are still governing the society today. Hatlen
> proposed that since membership to the society is the subscription to
> the journal, a dollar from the Paideuma subscription should go into
> financing the EPS. The revision of the by-laws had become necessary
> because Terrell?s initial idea of the EPS as network of local
> chapters had not materialized. Additionally, the society was
> applying for MLA affiliate status and had to comply with the MLA
> conditions: a society had to be at least four years old, have a
> charter, dues paying membership, and an elected slate of officers.
> Additionally, the MLA stipulated that members should have the
> opportunity ?to participate in the full range of the operations of
> the organisation? (Hatlen, letter to
> members, July 20, 1992).
> From the bulletin board of the Paideuma (spring-fall 1992), we can
> see that Hatlen?s procedures fully complied with MLA directives and
> were radically democratic: he sent out cards with requests for votes
> and scholars responded:
> "So far over 100 of you have returned the form which designates
> $1.00 of your Paideuma subscription as dues to the Society. This
> group seems large enough to allow us to move on to the next step,
> which is to update the bylaws. So if you sent in your form, you will
> receive, some time in May, a copy of the old by-laws along with a
> set of proposed revisions and a ballot which you should return to
> Burton Hatlen, the secretary of the association. In June or July we
> will apply to the MLA for affiliate status. If the application is
> approved, we will have one or two sessions at the 1993 MLA
> convention." (Paideuma bulletin board 21 1/2).
> At the same time, Hatlen ensured that the society had two slots at
> the annual conference of the American Literature Association ? the
> first panel organised by the EPS was at the ALA conference of 1993.
> Hatlen announced: ?Anyone interested in participating in the 1993
> convention can write to me. You need not be a EPS member to give a
> paper? (Paideuma bulletin board winter 21 3 1992).
> Participation in the MLA conventions was delayed until 1995 (Ahearn
> and Witemeyer 456). According to the amended by-laws, the society
> then got its first president: Hugh Witemeyer (1992-1997). He was
> followed by Barry Ahearn (1997-2001), Alec Marsh (2001-2013) and
> Roxana Preda (2013-). Burton Hatlen served as Secretary until 2008
> when Demetres Tryphonopoulos took over. Alec and Demetres have run
> the society since Hatlen?s passing away that year ? they have had
> the help of Tim Redman and Ira Nadel. All four have consented to
> become members of a society Advisory Board ? they discuss and
> validate all new initiatives concerning the EPS.
> Regular panels at the MLA and ALA conferences have structured the
> society activity ever since 1993 and have constituted the main
> service that the EPS has brought to Pound scholars. Over the years,
> alliances with other societies, mainly those devoted to William
> Carlos Williams, James Joyce, and H.D., have enriched and
> diversified the palette of sessions. Here are some recent examples:
> Ezra Pound and the San Francisco Renaissance (ALA, 2006), Teaching
> Ezra Pound?s Poetry and Prose (ALA, 2009); Ezra Pound in H.D.?s Work
> (ALA 2012) Prosody in the Poetry of Ezra Pound and William Carlos
> Williams (MLA 2011); Ezra Pound and James Joyce: Connections and
> Disconnections (MLA 2012).
> In 1999, at Hugh Witemeyer?s suggestion, the society initiated its
> annual award for the best book of Ezra Pound scholarship. Along the
> years, the society thus honoured Alec Marsh, Margaret Fisher, Walter
> Baumann and Leon Surette, among others. The award is not financed
> out of the society dues (which are minimal) but out of private
> sponsorship. The recipient is announced at the MLA convention. In
> 2013 the society has added a prize for best article in Pound
> scholarship, which will be awarded next year for the first time at
> the ALA convention in Washington.
> In 2013, the society has also received the opportunity to
> participate with a regular panel at the Louisville conference.
> Starting with 2014, the EPS has an assured slot for this major
> annual event dedicated to 20th century literature in relation to the
> arts. Our panel for 2014 is called: Contributions to the Poetics of
> Ezra Pound?s Cantos: Epic-Image-Music.
> The Paideuma number for 2013 is dedicated to Burt Hatlen and is a
> memorial to his great work and service to both the Ezra Pound
> Society, as long-term Secretary and to the National Poetry
> Foundation, as its Director for eighteen years. In 2001, one of his
> initiatives made possible a greater definition of the profiles of
> both organisations: he decided to open up Paideuma to the poetry of
> American modernism more generally, retaining a substantial focus on
> Pound scholarship (Hatlen, letter to the EPS, June 15, 2001). This
> decision, while favoring the development of the NPF away from Pound
> studies strictly conceived, has proved problematic for scholars who
> would prefer to remain within the more circumscribed area of author
> The time has now come, I think, to reconsider the by-laws of 1992,
> to attune them to the situation of the scholarly community as it now
> stands, and to see how we can improve the functioning of our society.
> Ahearn, Barry and Hugh Witemeyer. ?The Ezra Pound Society.?
> Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook. Ed. Matthew Bruccoli.
> Detroit: Gale, 2001. 455-456.
> Bulletin Board Paideuma 8 1 (Spring 1979)
> Bulletin Board Paideuma 21 1-2 (Spring Fall 1992)
> Bulletin Board Paideuma 21 3 (Winter 1992)
> Hatlen, Burt. ?Carroll Terrell and Great American Poetry Wars.?
> Paideuma 26 2-3 (Fall/Winter1997): 33-62.
> Ezra Pound Society materials.pdf (compiled by Gail Sapiel)
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