Friday, March 6, 2015

THE ENORMOUS TRAGEDY OF THE DREAM IN THE PEASANT'S / SHOULDERS







Ezra Pound





Footnote 14 to the Pisan Cantos by Ezra Pound edited by Richard Sieburth (New Directions)


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"As Pound is composing the Pisan in the summer

of 1945,

Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Max Roach

are inventing bebop on 52nd Street.

Parker records his historic performance of

"Ko Ko"

for Savoy Records on November 26, 1945,

the same day Pound is officially reindicted

for treason in Washington D.C. Like Bird,

Pound plays manic changes in the Pisans 

taking apart verbal chords and redistributing 

their elements, according to Olson,

"like a wild speed-machine."



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