TREASON: The Seeker

"I have not found thee in the tents

In the broken darkness.

I have not found thee at the wellhead

Among the women with pitchers. . . ."

When the author of these lines, Ezra Pound, came bounding out of Idaho in 1900, he brought along one of the world's remarkable egos. He also brought a poetic flame, the divining eye of a natural teacher, and a motley personality—part despot, part poet, part pressagent. Clearly, he was in for an interesting time.

At 22, Pound forsook his country: the U.S. would not leave off rustling...

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