Tree Thoughts

I am a willow conjoined

with tawny thorns and sap fastened

sad leaves like blood droplets

in neurosis-transmitter streets.

I will be the ashes of bark

that mingle with burnt soil hoping

for dissipated visages to reignite my former being into more than just an image,

[once the potentiality of embryonic seeds beleaguer

my tree-trunk-brain I become despondent and relent, and yet it is too late].

The tiniest sounds become frightening.

The winds knock limbs loose.

The ground consumes.

The light loses its soothing touch.

4 replies on “Tree Thoughts”

Well, his Lustra is definitely when he was concentrating more on the image, with Ripostes leading up to that. Yet Pound’s self-identification with the imagist movement was pretty short as far as I can remember. When he had a dispute with Amy Lowell he kind of broke away from writing brief poems like “Metro,” but you can still see the economy of language even in his Cantos. The difference is that even though his Cantos are economical, they’re esoteric and inaccessible.
As far as individual short poems go, I really like “A Pact” -“We have one sap and one root / Let there be commerce between us”
Also “Alba,” “Heather,” and “Fan-Piece, For Her Imperial Lord”
So yeah, my favorite collections are definitely Lustra and Ripostes.

This one seems to have a high density of overlapping meaning; I will have to think it over more. Recalls Pound’s description of “Great literature [a]s simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree”.

I have for you a question. I take it you’ve read a good deal of Ezra Pound. I am currently reading through his Lustra, Ripostes, and a few selected Cantos. What poems besides “In a Station at the Metro” do you suggest as instances of his concern for the “image”, that which he calls “that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time”?

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