For the beginning days of AWP13 Week, I'll be posting poems that were important to me as I first discovered poetry seguing into 21st century verse.
Ezra Pound was the first poet I cared about. His biography in the 1984 Macmillan American Literature textbook starts on page 437. Four poems follow. Those pages are where my poetic life began, twenty years ago this May.
Here is the first Pound poem I ever read. I still feast my eyes on its words:
Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth,
Crushed strawberries! Come, let us feast our eyes.