Wednesday, 20 July 2011


I'm giving a reading for UNO at the Voodoo Rooms, 19A West Register Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AA, at 8pm, 25 July 2011 with Hank Lazer, Susan Schultz, Biljana Obradavic and Dorothy Alexander.
    I've been working through the summer with the editor Bill Lavender and designer Carrie Chappell of the University of New Orleans Press on the production of the North American edition of my book Only More So. UNO currently has a summer writing programme in Edinburgh.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011


The Poets of the Sala Capizucchi is a new anthology published in Rimini, Italy by Raffaelli Editore and in USA by the University of New Orleans Press, edited by Caterina Ricciardi, John Gery and Massimo Bacigalupo. Poems in Italian by Maria Clelia Cardona, Luca Cesari, Mario Lunetta, Daniel Maria Mancini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Daniele Pieroni, Mario Quattrucci, Edoardo Sanguineti, Carlo Vita printed with parallel English versions; Poems in Czech by Petr Mikes printed with parallel English translations; Poems in English by Massimo Bacigalupo; Mary de Rachewiltz, Patrizia de Rachewiltz, John Gery, Tony Lopez, Biljana D. Obradovic, Wayne Pounds, Stephen Romer, Ron Smith, C.K. Stead printed with parallel Italian translations. Introduction by John Gery.
This is my first Italian publication and includes Italian translations of 'A Path Marked with Breadcrumbs', 'Look at the Screen', 'On Tuesday', 'When You Wish ...', and an excerpt from Darwin all translated by Caterina Ricciardi.

Monday, 11 July 2011


Just back from the Pound Conference in London. Four days of papers with three strands running at once at the Institute for English Studies in London University.  
Among those that I saw were talks by:
Evelyn Haller of Doane College on the Pisan Cantos and the fashion houses of Charles Worth and Jeanne Paquin;
Gavin Selerie of London on London Ghosts and their Haunts;
Jo Brantley Berryman of Cal Arts on Pound and Hokusai;
Ira Nadel of UBC on Picasso and Pound;
Stephen Romer of Tours on Pound's views on London architecture;
David Ewick of Tokyo Woman's Christian U on Japanese No: Ito, Kume, Kori, Pound and Yeats;
Tateo Imamura also of TWCU on Hemingway, Pound and Japanese artist Tamijuro Kume;
Dorsey Kleitz also of TWCU on Ito, Pound, Yeats and At the Hawk's Well;
Karlein Van Den Beukel of London South Bank on Pound and Modern Dance;
Keith Tuma of Miami Ohio on Sons of Pound (Whigham, mostly);
Julian Stannard of Winchester on Bunting's Metropolitan Shudder;
Annabel Haynes of Durham on Bunting, ethics and politics;
Richard Parker of Sussex on Zukofsky's London;
Jeff Grieneisen of the State College of Florida on Pound and James Wright;
Alan Golding of Louisville on Rachel Blau DuPlessis' Drafts;
Gary Leising of Utica College on Geoffrey Hill's Mercian Hymns as mini Cantos;
Gareth Farmer of Sussex on Veronica Forrest-Thomson's remarkable unpublished criticism on Pound;
Ryan Dobran of Cambridge on J H Prynne's Aristeas;
Helen Carr of London on Pound and Desmond Fitzgerald;
Catherine Paul of Clemson on HD's End of Torment about Pound's WW2 radio propaganda;
David Moody on the 'f - word';
there was a panel of presentations on the forthcoming new edition of the Pisan Cantos, with Ron Bush of Oxford and David Ten Eyck of Nancy, with respondents including Kenneth Haynes of Brown;
also a panel on Ezra Pound in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2010) with Ira Nadel, editor and Ron Bush, Rebecca Beasley, Demetres Tryphonopoulas, Catherine Paul, Massimo Bacigalupo, and others. There was a film of Canto 116 by Bernard Dew, a special reading by Keston Sutherland and Tim Atkins at the Poetry Library on the South Bank, and a conference reading by a dozen or so poets including Ron Smith, Biljana Obradovic, Wayne Pounds, Stephen Romer, Mary de Rachewiltz, John Gery, Jeff Grieneisen, Richard Parker, Gavin Selerie, Julian Stannard and me.
As usual I missed lots of interesting talks, not only because of parallel sessions but because there is just so much going on. It was good to see so many friends and hear some really good papers and very varied poetry readings.
I went on the Imagist Walk in Kensington and in Bloomsbury led by Robert Richardson of De Montford. The photo above is of Pound's lodging at 10 Kensington Church Walk, near Kensington High Street tube, where there is an English Heritage blue plaque for Pound.

Friday, 1 July 2011


Only More So is published in North America by the University of New Orleans, UNO Press and is available now on Amazon. A poem in ten prose sections, 254 pages including a bibliography of sources and index. Cover photo: Fimmvörðuháls Iceland, 1997 © John S. Webb.