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In his essay "'Lest some little thing of the real world should intrude itself': Ezra Pound's Dream City in Collision with the Real," Edgar Garcia considers Pound 1906 travel essay, "Burgos: A Dream City of Old Castile." Using archival materials in the Ezra Pound Papers to contextualize the essay, Garcia argues that "Pound's travel essay represents place as an imaginary cultural an unsteady relationship to the restless, often catastrophic material of the real world"(1). Employing various visual and textual references, Garcia demonstrates that "the intertextual geography of the essay spatializes several medieval Romance epics into a dreamscape of old Spain"(6), in which "Burgos arises like the mountain of Purgatory between hell and heaven." In this way, "the poet fortifies his vision with the work of poetic production [while] the material reality of modernity collides more intensely with the boundaries of the poet's Burgos 'of old song glory' and of the rising mountain of Purgatory" (11).  A PDF of the complete essay can be found online here: "Ezra Pound's Dream City in Collision with the Real."

Edgar Garcia is a graduate student in the English department, working on poetry. He is also a poet and his current project treats the archeoastronomical charting of the skies by the Maya. A sampling of this work, "Mayan Texts: A Galactic Birth Canal," is forthcoming (preview it online here: "Mayan Texts"). Other iterations of this desire for the immense immediacy of interstellar consciousness can be found in his writings on arts and culture at an online magazine. "Ezra Pound's Dream City in Collision with the Real" was written for Professor Langdon Hammer’s Fall 2010 research seminar in Modernist Poetics.

Image: Ezra Pound, undated passport photo.

Beinecke Collections: Ezra Pound Papers; Pound Papers Image Guide; Olga Rudge Papers; Rudge Papers Image Guide; to locate related manuscript collections at Yale, search the Yale Library’s Finding Aid Database; to locate images from this collection, search the Beinecke’s Digital Library; search Orbis, the Yale Library catalog, to find related books, journals, and other printed materials.


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