Thursday, December 15, 2011

Aimless Reading: The P's, Part 43.1 (Ezra Pound)

ABC of Reading
Pound, Ezra
ABC of Reading

Purchased at Talking Leaves...Books. There's a sticker on the back inidicating it arrived in the store in June of 2004. I am trying to recall the occasion of its purchase, but I am drawing a blank. The book is in pristine condition. The pages are crisp and clean, the binding tight, there's nary a mark on the cover.

I left a bookmark on pages 112-113. It's made of thin plastic and it advertises the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition and its website. The background is white, the borders and some of the text an orangish-red, the rest of the text black and white. Just below the midpoint, behind the words "15th edition", a large transparent "15" floats in a sea of white.

On page 112, Pound has the following to say:

Chaucer's work has been left us almost unsorted. The perspicacious reader will not fall to thinking it is all of equal value. Having felt the best, it is probably advisable simply to browse and read what one enjoys; there are parts he might have cut had he been used to the multiplication of books by the printing press; parts he could have rewritten had he thought it worth while. No good purpose is served by simply falling into an ecstasy over archaic forms of language.


larry goodell said...

the book (mine) is well marked since Creeley used it in the writing course i took from him in the very early 60's . . .at unm . . . right before the Vancouver poetry conference

Michael Kelleher, Buffalo, NY said...

Great story, Larry! Thanks for posting it.