In a message dated 3/1/01 11:45:41 AM EST, [log in to unmask] writes:

> Browning's Sordello and Ezra Pound by Stephen Brown
>  Doctoral Dissertation Index Page
> As Wayne Koestenbaum proves, the
>  poem goes on to make clear the analogy between Eliot and Pound's
>  collaboration on The Waste Land and the homosexual act.

   I have the Koestenbaum book (at home, not here), and I wouldn't use the 
word "proves".  As I remember the book, Koestenbaum begins by quoting the 
same lines of "Sage Homme" that Nancy did:

  These are the poems of Eliot
  By the Uranian Muse begot;
  A Man their Mother was,
  A Muse their Sire.

  How did the printed Infancies result
  From Nuptials thus doubly difficult?

  If you must needs enquire
  Know diligent Reader
  That on each Occasion
  Ezra performed the caesarean Operation

Koestenbaum then states that these lines clearly mean that POUND is declaring 
HIMSELF (i.e., Pound) the male muse of TWL.  I think that's a basic 
misreading. I read the lines the same way that Nancy does, namely, "the Muse 
is also made male along with Eliot the male mother.  Pound's male-nurse role 
is simply a third to make the seemingly impossible birth possible." That is, 
Pound is a third party (a male mid-wife) to the birth of TWL, a poem 
conceived (according to "Sage Homme") between the artist (Eliot) and his male 
(Uranian) muse.

-- Steve --