soup bowl used by Pound
at St. Elizabeth's


Winter 2008, Extra Issue 11

Spring 2015, Web Issue 17

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Summer 2009, Web Issue 12

Winter 2008, Extra Issue 11

Spring 2008, Web Issue 10

Spring 2007, Web Issue 9

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Summer 2004, Web Issue 7

Winter 2004, Web Issue 6

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A multidisciplinary
journal in the
arts and politics




     Paintings & Prints
     Poetry & Prose
     Virtual Facsimiles

Founding Editors:
Joe Brennan
Carlo Parcelli

Contributing Editors:
Bradford Haas
Rosalie Gancie
Cathy Muse
Mark Scroggins
Jim Angelo

Web Editors:
JR Foley
Rosalie Gancie
Nicole Foley

With usura hath no man a house
           of good stone 
each block cut smooth and
           well fitting 
that design might cover
           their face,

with usura 
hath no man a painted paradise
          on his church wall 
harpes et luz 
          or where virgin 
receiveth message 
and halo projects incision, 

with usura 
seeth no man Gonzaga
his heirs and his concubines 
no picture is made to endure
      nor to live with 
but it is made to sell
      and sell quickly

-Ezra Pound

selection from Canto 45

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Issue Index

   Ezra Pound & Wall Street



     Giano Accame

Art and Usury from Dante to Pound
(a selection from Ezra Pound Economista
translated by Wayne Pounds)

from the Boise Weekly:

     Tony Evans

Raising Ezra:
Taking another look at Idaho's most
famous poet/conspiracy theorist

Ezra Pound reading

Canto XLV [Canto 45] Usura

Ellen Cardona

     Pound in Italy, 1924-1939:
     The Progression of Pound's Anti-Semitism


     World War II and Pound, 1940-1945:
     The Anti-Semite Revealed

Usura, Canto XLV (Canto 45)
handwritten draft

Mac Oliver

     The Savior of New Netherlands

David Hickman:

     On Consumption


     Monolith Commemorating the Failure of the Banks

Allen Ginsberg

     War Profit Litany   to ezra pound

Wayne Pounds

     "Topaz I manage, and three sorts of blue"

     Justin Kempton

Ezra Pound

     Brendon Keresey's

A Hypertext Translation of
Ezra Pound's Canto 45

Carlo Parcelli

      Without Usura . . .

      a selection from:
      Deconstructing the Demiurge: Eschatology of Reason:
      ‘The Gilded Index of Far-Reaching Ruin.’



      Mathematics, Mammon and Art

video from

Pound & Pasolini


      “Oh, no! Ezra Pound, crackpot economist, traitor, poet, nut case and anti-Semite held monetary principles more sound than those emanating from Wall Street, Harvard, Wharton, and the University of Chicago combined!? Not only that but the old lunatic, by way of Confucius and Dante, understood human nature better than the legions of free market stooges that infest our political, economic, and educational institutions and the media. Pound simply understood, as opposed to everyone with a 401K, that the world of finance attracts more greedy thieves than a pile of moose dung attracts flies in June.”

      This FlashPøint EXTRA! is devoted to Topic #1: the collapsing financial system of the U.S. economy. Old Ez prophesied it 70 years ago. More to the point, he prophesied in poetry; even more to the point, denounced any contemporary poetry or art that failed to address economics and its various impacts on civilization.

     The easy reason over the years for sneering at Ezra Pound’s economic analyses has been their fatal entanglement with vilification of Jews, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, praise of Mussolini’s Fascism as one creative program to remedy and surmount “usury age old and age thick.”

     To disentangle Pound’s ABC’s of economics from these twin briars, Ellen Cardona continues her examination of the development of Pound’s anti-Semitism in “Pound in Italy: 1924-1939” and “World War II and Pound: 1939-1945,” and for the first time in English, Wayne Pounds translates Chapter One, “Art and Usury from Dante to Pound" from Giano Accame's study Ezra Pound Economista. A visit to Pound’s boyhood town of Hailey, Idaho, prompted Tony Evans to focus on the local origins of both the “stupid suburban anti-Semitic prejudice” (as late in life Pound disowned it) and the Populist view of monetary policy deeply rooted in that silver mining town.

     “Ezra Pound & Wall Street” highlights “Canto XLV,” the Usura Canto: in particular, Brendon Keresey’s hypertext rendering, complete with links to commentaries on its references. But Pound himself voices the Canto on the Caedmon recording incorporated above on this page. (The YouTube link preserves a reading to Pound by Pier Paolo Pasolini.) And a page from the handwritten original is also here.

     Rosalie Gancie has assembled a selection of Poundian artwork and memorabilia from different periods of the poet's life.

     Carlo Parcelli offers his own update of “Canto XLV,” “Without Usura,” as well as the essay “!NO!: Mathematics, Mammon, and Art” whose opening paragraph introduces this Intro.

     David Hickman and Mac Oliver deliver responses to Wall Street crisis of their own: Hickman with a cri de coeur in both lyric (“On Consumption”) and graphic (“Monolith Commemorating the Failure of the Banks”); and Oliver with “The Savior of New Netherlands,” a verse narrative harrowing of the underground of the World Financial Center, very much in the Pound-Olson tradition of the epic – “poetry including history” – that like Dante, Virgil, and Homer confronts the ghosts of ancestors for illumination and instruction on where to go from here.

     One curious irony about the renewed relevance of Pound’s warnings, long and universally dismissed, is that in the wake of the economic devastations that continue to devastate the globe this fall of 2008, they remain fresh: indeed, NEWS that STAYS NEWS!

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