A professor once described the condition of the
Pisan camp, specifically those under which Pound
was held. What she told us was that Pound was
kept in a chicken wire cage in the center of the
camp, exposed to all of the elements, with his
very own watchtower, complete with floodlight,
so that his "cell" was never dark.
I'm always reminded of that horrific scene when
I hear this verse by Rage Against the Machine:
Like autumn leaves
His sense fall from him
An empty glass of himself
Shattered somewhere within
His thoughts like a hundred moths
Trapped in a lampshade
Their wings banging and burning
On through endless nights
Forever awake he lies shaking and starving
Praying for someone to turn off the light.
"Born of a Broken Man" The Battle of Los Angeles, 1999.
> Take it from an admirer of Pound -- the broadcasts (some of
> them) were
> about as vile as you care to imagine. The FBI transcripts were
> bad, however, and it is not certain a conviction could have
> been had.
> And regardless of his crimes and errors, the conditions in
> which he was
> kept in the Pisan DTC were vile (and for that matter,
> conditions in army
> penal institutions were vile for everyone by any standard of
> Probably almost as bad as conditions in the better u.s.
> prisons today.
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