> Marcia Karp wrote:
> Diana Manister wrote:
> > Marcia are you saying that Vorticism is only Imagism with a new
> > name? Diana
> Dear DIana,
> I said nothing about Vorticism or Imagism, and have nothing to
> say about them. I responded to your "rather static images such as
> Pounds poem about faces in the metro" by saying that ... well it's
> quoted below.
Neither do I have any opinion on these isms, but you are certainly
> "The apparition" isn't a static matter.
The faces _emerge_ (abruptly) from the crowd -- hence the surprise. And
this is in fact a repeated action throughout the poems gathered under
the heading "Lustra" in _Collected Poems_.
For a moment she rested against me,
Like a swallow half blown to the wall
And they talk of Swinburne's women. . . .
And the young Dante [sic] stroking the catch of fish and crooning "how
beautiful." Over and over again unexpected beauty, energy erupts (almost
violently) from some presumed banal context. It's been over 40 years
since I read either Pound's prose from that period or commentary on it,
but if we are to go by his poems (and if they are to be labelled either
imagist or vorticist), then imagism is anything but static.