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[Archive of Correspondence and Manuscript Notes]
Poulpry, Le Port Blanc, & elsewhere, 1975. [24]pp, on 16 folio, octavo and 12mo leaves of ruled and unruled paper of various sorts. In ink, pencil and carbon, as detailed below. Some leaves punched for notebooks, or extracted or removed from writing pads, but very good. A fascinating lot of correspondence and manuscript notes connecting these two poets, early on among principals of the Paris MERLIN / Olympia Press circles and in later years translators and poets of significant accomplishments. The lot consists of: a) four autograph letters, signed, from Wainhouse to Logue, 10 August to 18 September, 1975, three of them quite lengthy and closely written, totaling seven pages; b) a carbon of a closely written, undated a.l.s from Logue to Wainhouse, one page quarto; and c) fifteen pages, on nine leaves, of manuscript notes and poetry drafts by Logue. Wainhouse's letters, which bear Logue's occasional highlighting or marginalia, range over a variety of topics, including personal work and activities, but deal substantially with two interesting topics: research by Patrick Kearney into the history of the Olympia Press ("Don't talk to me about Girodias: the name makes me sick") and the identities of the pseudonymous writers associated with the imprint ("I must say however that as regards pseudonyms I'm not at all inclined to give the few real names I think I know - is it for me to reveal or confirm the identity of the lady who wrote THE WHIP ANGELS?"), and Ezra Pound and Logue's work on an extended poem treating Pound (evidently abandoned but described in the carbon letter from Logue: "... for it will not be biographical as such - of 250 lines. In this poem I want to discover if I have a clear negative, i.e. if I know what to me is 'no' in life, in writing, in the human always 'no', i.e. what , were I a world-dictator, a mortal God I would oblige others to know by inferable words..."). Wainhouse responds to Logue's projects in kind: "Your difficulties saying the right thing, the truth about Pound, truly & rightly indicating your relationship to him - I appreciate those difficulties. They make me think of those I had writing a 'Memoir' about Georges Bataille ...." Logue's notes and drafts are varied and interesting: a typical passage, captioned "Notes for E. P. poem -- abandoned," reads in part: "1) to speak is to lie -- 'poets lies' 'writers lies' 2) to avoid lying by remaining silent is even worse? 3) such[ ?] people must also withdraw from the world 4) for to remain in the world and to deny its one voice? 5) impossible: existence provokes 6) not purify the dialect of the tribe. . . ." A section of notes on another page begins: "Pound loves and accepts being alive; both 'himself' and 'what is not himself;' (both what is 'verbal' and 'non-verbal'). He delights in 'art' and 'in being an artist'. What would Pound's ideal society be? Would he, for instance, destroy all Jews, if given the chance? What does he most like? to be a literary Dictator? The judge to whom all things are brought for acceptance / rejection? He does not believe that redemption is possible only through death." An excellent representation of an association that extended over several decades.
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