Welcome to the 26th Ezra Pound International Conference

The 26th EPIC Conference Program is now available. See “Conference Schedule”

 The conveners of the 26th Ezra Pound International Conference, scheduled for Brunnenburg, Italy, 7-12 July 2015, welcome you to start planning your trip and to register. We are looking forward to your participation. The widespread interest this meeting has generated so far holds promise that this will be among the largest, most vibrant EPICs to date.

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As you know, the conference theme is Ezra Pound and the Green World. It comes on the centennial of such publications as Cathay and the War issue of BLAST, as well as Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by Pound’s instigation in Poetry. Of course, 1915 also brought on the death of Henri Gaudier-Brzeska in early June, along with the deaths of many others in the trenches of World War I, and by September Zeppelins began dropping bombs on London. Early in the year Pound and Dorothy Shakespear spent a season with Yeats at Stone Cottage at work on Noh Drama and Yeats’s At the Hawk’s Well, performed the following spring by Japanese dancer, Michio Itō. By mid-year he was working tirelessly to find support for the family of James Joyce, forced by the war to move from Trieste to Zurich, and for Wyndham Lewis, himself in training in the British Army. Yet during this year Pound also began work on “a cryselephantine poem of immeasurable length which will occupy me for the next four decades unless it becomes a bore.”

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As the ideal location for a Pound conference focusing on the poet’s relationship to nature, the 26th EPIC will take place at the stunning site of Brunnenburg, Italy, a castle with a complex history and unforgettable vistas perched on a mountainside near Schloss Tirol. Besides functioning as a working farm and rich vineyard that practices organic, traditional methods, Brunnenburg houses an agricultural museum unique of its kind and is the home of the illustrious, generous Mary de Rachewiltz and her family. Pound came to live here with his daughter, her husband Boris de Rachewiltz, and their children Walter Siegfried and Patrizia after his release from St. Elizabeths Hospital in July 1958.

Schloss Tirol
Schloss Tirol

For five days at Brunnenburg, the 26th EPIC will be chock full of papers, presentations, readings, discussions, and music, much of which will feature Pound’s keen and variegated engagement with the natural world and the human place in it. In addition to such dynamic sessions as those on “Early Pound, Nature, and the Image,” “Pastoral Pound I & II,” “Pound’s Painterly Nature,” “Pound, Nature, and Japanese Poetry,” and “Pound, Women, and Nature,” we are anticipating new and ground-breaking presentations by a host of eminent scholars and critics, including Barry Ahearn, Charles Altieri, Maria Luisa Ardizzone, Massimo Bacigalupo, Walter Baumann, Ron Bush, Helen Carr, Siegfried de Rachewiltz, Christine Froula, Alec Marsh, David Moody, Ira Nadel, Akitoshi Nagahata, Marjorie Perloff, William Pratt, Timothy Redman, Richard Sieburth, Demetres Tryphonopoulas, Robert von Hallberg, Emily Mitchell Wallace, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, and many others.

E.P.'s Arrival at Brunnenburg in Summer 1958
E.P.’s Arrival at Brunnenburg in Summer 1958
Patrizia and  Siegfried de Rachewiltz, in Brunnenburg, 1958.Photo Massimo Bacigalupo
Patrizia and Siegfried de Rachewiltz, in
Brunnenburg, 1958.

Furthermore, special events enhancing our time in the Tyrol will include Catherine Paul’s presentation and readings from Yeats’s “A Packet for Ezra Pound,” a poetry reading by Poundian poets, and a roundtable on Canto 81 with the London Cantos Reading Group, as well as musical performances and Brunnenburg’s signature winetasting. But the two indisputable highlights of this conference will be a tribute to Mary de Rachewiltz’s 90th birthday and a bus excursion to nearby Tschengls for the Unveiling of the Three Pillars of marble (See Cantos 94 and 97), to fulfil a request Pound made before his death and for which Olga Rudge chose the marble.

Mary looking down the Adige river from Brunnenburg Castle Photo Copyright Eva Hesse
Mary looking down the Adige river from Brunnenburg Castle Photo Copyright Eva Hesse
Mary with her husband Boris and Sizzo 1947
Mary with her husband Boris and Sizzo 1947

So that you can begin planning your trip, for more information: (1) The EPIC Registration Form (2) A List of Lodgings in Dorf Tirol, including contact information and distance from Brunnenburg The EPIC Co-Conveners and staff look forward to seeing you at Brunnenburg in July!

Support for the 26th EPIC has also been provided by Ezra Pound Forschungsstelle an der Akademie deutsch-italienischer Studien Meran/ Centro di ricerca Ezra Pound – Accademia di studi italo-tedeschi di Merano 

The EPIC Advisory Board wishes to thank them for their participation and support. 

Co-Conveners: Walter Baumann, Siegfried de Rachewiltz, John Gery

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