Actually I thought Gus Krutch produced the program poem
for Vorticism. After all Lewis did publish it in BLAST
(I or II, I can't remember off hand).

If, in fact, people are interested in Vorticism, they might
well go to issue number 35 of CANADIAN LITERATURE (Winter 1968)
the entirety of which is devoted to Wyndham Lewis including
work by the horse's mouth himself, and other close associates,
and students of his work. Of particular note is the essay by
Dr. Sheila Watson whose phd thesis on Lewis (U of T 1972 I
believe) is entirely definitive.

An even better alternative, I supose, would be to go directly to the
two issues of BLAST itself (esp. #I). Significant excerpts (including
the Manifesto) are available in the current Longman's Anthology of
Brit. Lit. A link to the relevant info about said tome can be found at:

The above link indicates the specific volume involved.


-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Seddon
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Sent: 12/30/03 5:43 PM
Subject: Re: Ideosocratic McLuhanistics

Peter wrote in part:
He also chose not to join the imagist movement.


I assume that you mean that Pound did not continue with the Imagist
after that school was taken over by Amy Lowell.  He referred to the
of Amy Lowell as Amygism.  Amy, like McLuhan had missed the point of
(big I) and thought it was about colorful metaphoric depictions of
Pound once remarked that the Image is not a thing.

Pound Imagism (big I) became Vorticism which is basically the original
Imagism expanded to include arts other than poetry and, in the case of
poetry, more dynamic charged language.  "The Game of Chess" is usually
as probably Pound's program poem for Vorticism.

For a short but eminently authoritative discussion of Imagism (big I)
Vorticism see Hugh Witemeyer's "The Poetry of Ezra Pound: Forms and

Witemeyer discusses Imagism (big I) on page 32-36 and Vorticism on page
36-39.  The Ideogramic method is discussed 39-41.

Rick Seddon
McIntosh, NM