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'Byways: A Memoir by James Laughlin'

To learn about poetry from the best

Poet alive, and you accepted me into

Your Ezuversity . . . . Literachoor, you said,

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And quoting from some old bloke

Named Rodophus Agricola,

Ut doceat, ut moveat, ut delectet,

Make it teach, move the heart,

And please. You taught me

And you moved me and you gave me

Great delight. Your conversation

Was the best show in town.

In Byways Laughlin largely memorializes the "good" Pound, the impassioned impresario of modernism and not the man later obsessed with usury and Mussolini:

. . . In your

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