Poem 83: Under the influence of Ezra Pound

Let’s face it:
most people don’t have a clue
what Ezra Pound is talking about.
Quotiescumque manducamus panem hunc…
That doesn’t mean to say he’s not a great poet;
many who like Pound (who loved Hitler)
understand Pound’s poems, aren’t dumb,
and find his poems accessible.
I don’t.
Itis apis potanda bigone.

He’s such an intellectual.
All those different languages
and so many references to mythologies and stuff!
Cryptus rushes onward,
‘tis zucchinis for Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort.
But look! Look! Listen!
He had a big influence on others, Eliot for example;
Eliot wrote about cats.
If I ended up in the same place I started
I’d know there was a wrong turn somewhere.
Quotiescumque manducamus panem hunc makes even a cat look academic.

the emperor has no clothes.
Itis apis potanda bigone.
…um …er …oh …
It is a pis pot and a big one.

To hear the poem read aloud click HERE.


16 thoughts on “Poem 83: Under the influence of Ezra Pound

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Anyway – my star is fast fading I find…. very few people read anything – and mid July I shall begin to fade away altogether… I get up at 4 a.m. to deal with WordPress before 6 a.m. – it takes all that time – and it’s really too much. I have to do it in those times because I live miles away from proper internet connections (this is not Australia!) …


      1. Yvonne

        I don’t think people realise just how devoted you are to keep your posts coming on a daily basis. We$re selfish, and forget that you deserve a life.

        I understand, but I sure will miss that notice in my inbox, and wondering what in heck BA has up his wicked sleeve this morning.

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  1. John Looker

    Well, you’ve certainly got me smiling Bruce; a great way to start the day. The trouble is … I’m almost ashamed to admit this … I do enjoy some of his poems. I loathe his anti-semiticsm, his open fascism, obviously – and he was lucky to escape the fate of traitors –but I do like some of those poems about the Norsemen or Cathay. They seem peopled by living breathing men and women recognisable in any age. Maybe I’m bonkers though!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks John – to be fair, I nearly didn’t post it as I knew there were many who make a greater effort than myself!… Ironically, your own occasional use of references to “olden things” has made me think I should try sometimes to do the same!


        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          I often wonder what Cynthia would’ve said. I’m still amazed at how frequently I hear people say “I wonder what Cynthia would’ve said”. I found too – way back then – that commentators waited for Cynthia’s comment to see if something they liked was in fact good. At least that’s what I thought in my head – it may not have been true…



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