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Li Pao meets the Imagist

Pound did not speak Mandarin nor did he read Chinese well. He saw the ideograms of the chinese literature as fitting into his aesthetic ideology of poetry and fascism. The fascist is aware of traditions and is a tribalist. The communist is not.

Pound has been damned by all the woke, for he did support the fascists in their war against the communinists, the individual over the global.

But it is far better to let the soft sound of the water soothe you and look at the ephemeral beauty of an autumn evening.

The Jewel Stairs’ Grievance

The jewelled steps are already quite white with dew,
It is so late that the dew soaks my gauze stockings,
And I let down the crystal curtain
And watch the moon through the clear autumn.

Li Pau, translated Ezra Pound