Basil Bunting: Poems: 1950

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  • Glyn Pursglove (University of Wales, Swansea)

It seems to have been with some encouragement from Ezra Pound (then in St. Elizabeth's mental hospital) that the publisher Dallam Flynn – sometimes known as Dallam Simpson – agreed to publish a collection of poems by Basil Bunting (Flynn was an active propagandist on Pound's behalf in his journal Four Pages). Bunting was in Iran and was unable to read the proofs of what became Poems: 1950 which, perhaps as a consequence, contains a number of obvious errors. Around 1,000 copies were printed, though not all were bound. Some sets of unbound sheets were later (perhaps in 1951) issued in the Square Dollar Series. Plans for a British edition, to be published either by Faber or by Peter Russell's Pound Press came to …

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Pursglove, Glyn. "Poems: 1950". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002
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