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Happy Birthday, Ezra Pound
Posted by: Talia (216.117.98.---)
Date: October 30, 2003 10:37AM

See, they return; ah, see the tentative
Movements, and the slow feet,
The trouble in the pace and the uncertain

See, they return, one, and by one,
With fear, as half-awakened;
As if the snow should hesitate
And murmur in the wind,
and half turn back;
These were the "Wing'd-with-Awe,"

Gods of the wingèd shoe!
With them the silver hounds,
sniffing the trace of air!

[(from "The Return") Personae]
Copyright (c) 1926, 1935, 1971 Ezra Pound

Re: Happy Birthday, Ezra Pound
Posted by: Hugh Clary (
Date: October 30, 2003 12:09PM

The apparition of these feces in the crowd;
Puddles from a wet, black cow.

Re: Happy Birthday, Ezra Pound
Posted by: -Les- (
Date: October 30, 2003 12:31PM

Further Instructions

Come, my songs, let us express our baser passions.
Let us express our envy for the man with a steady job and no worry about the future.
You are very idle, my songs,
I fear you will come to a bad end.
You stand about the streets, You loiter at the corners and bus-stops,
You do next to nothing at all.

You do not even express our inner nobilitys,
You will come to a very bad end.

And I? I have gone half-cracked.
I have talked to you so much that I almost see you about me,
Insolent little beasts! Shameless! Devoid of clothing!

But you, newest song of the lot,
You are not old enough to have done much mischief.
I will get you a green coat out of China
With dragons worked upon it.
I will get you the scarlet silk trousers
From the statue of the infant Christ at Santa Maria Novella;
Lest they say we are lacking in taste,
Or that there is no caste in this family.

from Lustra (1913-1915)

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