on May 30, 2003
This book is a very good introduction to the work of Ezra Pound. There's a little bit of everything! You get some of his earlier, shorter poems, like "In a Station of the Metro," some translations, like "The Seafarer," or "Homage to Sextus Propertius," the famous Mauberley sequence (this book includes both the "original" poem "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley" and Pound's later poem "Mauberley" whereas most books reprint only the earlier poem), and, of course, some of the cantos.
I'm pretty sure that Pound made the selections for this edition himself, though the editor adds a few cantos. Ezra Pound's work is exciting and really important for poets writing today. It's impossible to see how we got to where we are now without reading Ezra Pound.
on March 6, 2000
Reading Ezra Pound is a remarkable experience. I find it amazing how attentive Ezra Pound is when it comes to the 'sound of poetry.' Reading his poems are aesthetically pleasing to the ear. It is consistent with his doctrine, "Behave as a good musician will do" when it comes to poetry. I find his translation of "River-merchant's Wife: A Letter" as one of the greatest highlight in modern poetry, along with many other poem included in this book.