Tag Archives: Basil Bunting

It’s Ezra Pound’s Birthday: “Do not retell in mediocre verse what has already been done in good prose.”

And give up verse, my boy, There’s nothing in it. — Ezra Pound I grew up hearing stories of Ezra Pound. Not the stories of his fascism or his relaxing time in a cage in Italy, or being indicted for … Continue reading

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“Fear adjective; they bleed nouns. Hate the passive.” — poet Basil Bunting

It’s his birthday today. By all accounts, including his own, Basil Bunting was some kind of genius prodigy. Along with everything else, he was also Iran correspondent for the London Times for a bit, and was very interested in Persia … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2020, Part 2

Here’s part 1, a list of things I’ve written for other outlets. This list, then, is a hodge-podge of the things I’ve written here this year. Anyone familiar with this joint knows that I do tribute posts for people’s birthdays. … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry” – Basil Bunting

Daily Book Excerpt: Poetry The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Volume 2: Contemporary Poetry, edited by Jahan Ramazani, Richard Ellmann, and Robert O’Clair By all accounts, Basil Bunting was some kind of genius prodigy. He also was Iran … Continue reading

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I Suggest

Basil Bunting: “I Suggest”: I Suggest: 1. Compose aloud: poetry is a sound. 2. Vary rhythm enough to stir the emotion you want but not so as to lose impetus 3. Use spoken words and syntax 4. Fear adjectives; they … Continue reading

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