Books: Contra Naturam

THE FIFTH DECAD OF CANTOS—Ezra Pound—Farrar & Rinehart ($1.50).

By about 1953 U. S. expatriate Poet Ezra Loomis Pound, if he continues to compose at his current rate, will have finished his life's masterwork. That masterwork, if its specifications remain unchanged, will finally round out to 100 constituent poems, or cantos. Cantos I-XVI appeared in 1925. Recently Poet Pound passed his masterwork's equatorial line by finishing The Fifth Decad of Cantos— Cantos numbered XLII to LI.

The Cantos, one by one, record Poet Pound's attempted circumnavigation of the world of space-time curved within...

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