– ‘In literary matters, Ezra Pound advised against accepting the opinion of those “who haven’t themselves produced notable work,” and it is advice I have been privileged to follow’ – Seamus Heaney in his 1995 acceptance speech for the Nobel prize
– Ezra Pound’s open support of Mussolini’s fascism mirrors Heidegger’s love-affair with Nazism
– In spite of damning evidence of extra-judicial killings and wide scale state-sponsored massacres, progressives never tire of insisting that the monopoly of violence should rest with the state
– The state is notable
– And it advises
– Are you privileged?
– Do you follow?
We stand to wreck this distance / by the pole of this wretched star / longing to see peace lodged in small places this heart weary of distance, this wretched star / longing to see peace --- a respectful peer dons the green/ it is but the red of musk this muttering of handled existentia - ask the hurried tree
there is this need to link the solemn
with the grotesque, the
iron chain with the rot in the sewer,
mistaken smiles with
the haunting similes that prefigure
the vapors that crutch
the lie that mauls the verb that
catapults this blood