Poet and academic Richard Parker leads a talk on the economy of arts referenced within Ezra Pound's The Cantos, an important influence on Giorgio Griffa's work. With a focus on craft, Parker looks at how Pound's early experimental texts informed the famous poem and its typographic distinctiveness.
Parker will introduce the context, history and methods Pound employed in fashioning his epic modernist poem, with a particular emphasis on Pound’s concerns about typography and the physical manifestation of his poem through its different iterations. The talk will also consider the influence of artists such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Wyndham Lewis on Pound’s work and look at the ideogrammic method, a technique developed by Pound which allowed poetry to deal with abstract content through concrete images.
Richard Parker teaches at Birkbeck College, University of London and the University of Surrey. He is the founder and co-organiser of the London Cantos Reading Group and has written on the poetry of Ezra Pound and other modernists. He is also the printer and editor of the award-winning Crater Press pamphlet series, publishing innovative British poetry in letterpress and other formats.
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