Charles Olson and Ezra Pound: An Encounter at St. Elizabeths
by Charles Olson
> Peter wrote: " McLuhan once wrote to Pound, seriously balling him out
> for having a secret occult design on modern culture, and
> having co-conspirators."
> Writing this away from my books so please forgive.
> Wasn't it during the early 50's and the St Elizabeth years that Pound
> surrounded himself with a group of young people at the hospital. Some of
> these young people were fairly weird as I recall. Most of them encouraged
> his obsessions particularly the racial and economic ones. I have not seen
> scholarly work done on them but would appreciate anyone's pointers to any
> such work. One of them was a young woman artist.
> It was the early 50's when Charles Olson visited Pound in the hospital and
> was sickened (Olson's words) by Pound's obsessions and by the group of
> people surrounding him.
> Not sure whether this is the same group that McLuhan was referring to or
> not. From what I recall of them they were almost acting as gate keepers
> Pound. They held regular gatherings in his room and apparently discussed
> fascist work primarily.
> A very interesting group that should be researched if it has not already
> been done.
> Rick Seddon
> Portales, NM