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Ezra Pound on religion and T.S. Eliot

Sunday, 22 Jun 2014

Ezra Pound on Staff and Scrip, Dr John Dunn First posted on Friday, 12 July 2013 at 19:55

Ezra Pound by Gaudier-Brzeska

Taken from a reading of a newly discovered cache of letters by Ezra Pound. The odd word may be wrong, but the gist of Pound’s intended meaning is certainly there.

The reading by Carver Blanchard and Paula Paige is to be heard in a podcast from

“A religion which has ceased to worship fecundity and the life force, to guide the illumination of the mind by the seminal spirit principle, has lost its bearings and is not a religion at all; a bureaucracy, a species of masochism harnessed to exploitation. When Mr Eliot asks what I believe, I’m minded to ask what Mr Eliot is up to, associating with a lot of half-masted clerics, who... by conduct seem as ready to worship usury, or at least uphold it, rather than have a curiosity about the truth, either ethical or in nature.”

Transcribed and posted by John Dunn.

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