Poem Fix of the Day, July 2nd

Ezra Pound is the madman of poetry.  His career remains controversial.  Where his expatriate peers chose to mostly criticize governments from the outside, Ezra, for some reason, chose to go on the radio several times to show his support of fascism in Italy and Mussolini.  To avoid a jail sentence after the war, he claimed insanity and went to an asylum.  Poets don’t have to be perfect.

O helpless few in my country,

O remnant enslaved!

Artists broken against her,

Astray, lost in the villages

Mistrusted, spoken against,

Lovers of beauty, starved,

–Ezra Pound from The Rest.


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