Winter 1949 • Vol. XI No. 1 Book Reviews |

New Books of Verse

The Pisan Cantos by Ezra Pound. New Directions. $2.75. Other Skies by John Ciardi. Atlantic-Little Brown & Co. $2.00. In Public, In Private by Edwin Denby. The Decker Press. $2.50. The Collected Poems Of John Peale Bishop edited by Allen Tate. Scribners. $4.00 as a lone ant from a broken ant-hillfrom the wreckage of Europe, ego scriptor — Ezra Pound The clown, the great poet, the pure fool—Parzifal, Propertius, and Poor Tom—are all here in the new Cantos. The comedy is more frantic, the anecdotes and reminiscences have less edge, and there are much fewer and shorter passages of translation. (Pound had few if any texts with him in the prison camp where the Cantos were written.) It is no surprise, certainly, and less of a reproach that Pound's remarkable verbal memory should have begun to deteriorate. (One common Homeric word, for example, is misspelled twice in a way that makes it meaningless.) Nevertheless the Pound of the Pisan Cantos still has the old

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Ten Poets

By R. W. Flint

The Pisan Cantos by Ezra Pound. New Directions. $2.75. Other Skies by John Ciardi. Atlantic-Little Brown & Co. $2.00. In Public, In Private by Edwin Denby. The Decker Press. $2.50. […]

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