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The essential Ezra Pound   (2013-01-21)
Ezra Pound remains a problem: at his best a superb poet and one of the finest poetic craftsmen ever (I don't think I've read a line of his without learning something about how to write poetry,) at worst still interestingly idiosyncratic; as a critic by turns brilliantly insightful and stubbornly wrong-headed; as a translator repeatedly devising versions which for all their faults indelibly alter our perception of the originals; as a literary activist and promoter, responsible for fostering more talent than any other person in the modern English-speaking world; and, notoriously, in his politics one of the most pernicious figures of his century. Though there is a later New Selected Poems and Translations (Second Edition, New Directions Paperback) in print, personally, for those who want a brief, judicious selection of Pound's poems, I'd recommend instead this this old New Directions selection which, though it seems to be out of print, is available used. In particular, if you haven't read much of Pound and want to start exploring his poetry, this is the best book to get. (Reviewed by Jon Corelis)
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