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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Eric Wagner's new blog

Responding to a suggestion I posted in a comment a few days ago, Eric Wagner has launched a new blog, "Ask Eric," which seems admirably suited to show off his literary insights, good nature, and sense of humor. Eric kindly responded to my query for example on what people should read to get started on Ezra Pound, observing, "(I sometimes think of Ezra as the Yosemite Sam of poetry. "Ya varmits, I want ya to read Ovid and Dante." I think of T. S. Eliot of the Elmer Fudd. "Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm saving Western Civilization. Heh, heh, heh." I yearn to become the Bugs Bunny of poetry, but I remain more of a Daffy Duck, a Scarlet Pumpernickel."

1 comment:

Eric Wagner said...

Thanks for the plug. Your question about Ezra Pound got me thinking. I also highly recommend his anthology _From Confucius to Cummings_. It has a magnificent selection of world poetry as well as pithy comments from Ez during his stay at St. Elizabeth's. It also contains many of his best translations.