29th Ezra Pound International Conference

Kyoto, Japan


26-29 June 2022

Ezra Pound and Friendship



(Analects 5.26)


With friends one is one

2 is 2

(Canto XCIX/725)


The 29th Ezra Pound International Conference will be held from Saturday, 26 June, to Tuesday, 29 June 2021 at Kyoto Garden Palace Hotel, in Kyoto, Japan. For the 29th EPIC, in addition to four days of sessions, panels and plenary talks, additional events tentatively being planned include a pre-conference reception, tours of Buddhist temples in the city, a visit to a Noh theatre for a live performance of a Noh play, and an international poetry reading. An optional post-conference excursion may also be offered to Otsu, a beautiful city on Lake Biwa, and to Nara, another old capital of Japan, with a stunning big Buddha in Tōdaiji Temple, as well as Kannon and other Buddhist sculptures in Hōryuji Temple, among other highlights. 

Kyoto, an old capital of Japan, has long been recognized as the cultural center of Japan, with numerous temples and shrines, museums and gardens, keeping the cultural heritage of Japan alive. There are a number of places in the city and its suburbs that are associated with the lives and works of famous writers and artists, such as Lady Murasaki, a court lady who wrote Tale of Genji in the early 11th century, some of whose stories were later remade into such Noh plays as Aoi no Ue; Kamo no Chōmei, who, living in a ten-foot square hut in a suburb of Kyoto, wrote Hōjōki (The Ten Foot Square Hut) in the 13th century; Zeami Motokiyo, a great Noh performer who established the reputation of the Kanze school of Noh in the 15th century; and Yosa Buson, the cherished haikai (haiku) poet who lived in Kyoto in the 18th century, to name just a few. Later in the 19th century, Ernest Fenollosa, whose translations of Noh and classical Chinese poetry were to be completed by Pound, visited Buddhist temples in the Kyoto and Nara area, and his ashes are buried at a Buddhist shrine above Lake Biwa.



The theme of the 29th EPIC is “Ezra Pound and Friendship.” Despite his occasional diatribes against his foes, Pound was a man of friendship, and his friendship often instigated and sustained new literary movements. Pound’s friendships with his fellow artists of his time, such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, are now part of the history of Modernism, and his support for his literary friends, such as T. S. Eliot, James Joyce and William Carlos Williams, is well-recognized. As demonstrated in his correspondence with poets and artists from abroad, his friendships crossed linguistic and national borders; in the Japanese context, for example, he made good friends with Michio Ito, a Japanese dancer who performed in William Butler Yeats’s At the Hawk’s Well, and Katue Kitasono, a Japanese avant-garde poet and artist, whose correspondence with Pound is a valuable record of cross-cultural rapport. Nor should we forget that Pound had inspiration for his Metro poem from an episode about his friend’s friend, a Japanese naval officer who composed a haiku poem extempore; or that through their mutual acquaintance Pound was asked by Mary Fenollosa to complete Ernest Fenollosa’s translation of Noh and classical Chinese poetry. Pound’s works often reflect these real-life examples of his friendship. The Cantos, for example, is interspersed with episodes and memories of his friends, such as of T. S. Eliot remarking, “I am afraid of the life after death,” when he and Pound visited Excideuil in Southern France (Canto XXIX), or of Yeats, recalled composing his poem about “a great peacock/ in the proide of his oyyee” at Stone Cottage (Canto LXXXIII). Yet references to friendship in The Cantos are not limited to those about Pound’s personal friends. Friendship is often mentioned in the light of Confucianism, together with other Confucian concepts such as “sincerity” (Canto XCIX). Friendship, in another context, can mean accords and alliances between monarchs and nations, a topic in international politics in which Pound showed keen interest. 


The EPIC committee invites proposals for papers addressing the conference theme or any other pertinent Poundian topic, including Pound and Japan. The committee especially encourages proposals on the manifestation of friendship in Pound’s work and life, as well as any aspects of Pound and Japan, in particular, including those related to Japanese history, literature, art, music, politics, and philosophy, as well as Pound’s impact on Japanese writers and artists. Proposals may interpret the conference theme in specific or broad terms, relating to Pound and his poetry, prose, translations, textual analysis, biography, comparative studies, literary or political influence, letters, or historical matters. Close readings of poems, essays, and Cantos, as well as comparative readings of the works of Pound’s friends, are also welcome. Proposals from postgraduate and younger scholars are particularly encouraged. Furthermore, the committee invites proposals for full panels from 3-4 contributors. As always, the committee will gladly consider proposals on any or all dimensions of Pound.






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29th Ezra Pound International Conference

Kyoto, Japan



Ezra Pound and Friendship




Massimo Bacigalupo, University of Genoa

Walter Baumann, University of Ulster

Diana Collecott. University of Durham

John Gery, University of New Orleans (Secretary)

Alan Golding, University of Louisville

David Moody, University of York

Roxana Preda, University of Edinburgh

Akitoshi Nagahata, Nagoya University

Viorica Patea, University of Salamanca



To study with the white wings of time passing

                      is not that our delight

to have friends come from far countries

                      is not that pleasure

nor to care that we are untrumpeted?

                     filial, fraternal affection is the root of humaneness

                     the root of the process

                  (Canto LXXIV/457)




There are five relativities: state, family and friendship,


Dolt, clear musician; the precise man and the clumsy.

(Canto XCIX/721)





29th Ezra Pound International Conference: ONLINE 

Kyoto, Japan 


24-26 June 2022 

Ezra Pound and Friendship 

朋友信之 (Analects 5.26) 

With friends one is one 

2 is 2 (Canto XCIX/725) 


Walter Baumann, Emeritus, University of Ulster 

John Gery, University of New Orleans 

Akitoshi Nagahata, 名古屋大学 (Nagoya University) 

EPIC-Kyoto Conference Committee

Akitoshi Nagahata, 名古屋大学 (Nagoya University) (Chair) 

Mark Byron, University of Sydney 

Andrew Houwen, 東京女子大学 (Tokyo Woman's Christian University) 

Yoshiko Kita, 中央大学 (Chuo University) 

Akiko Manabe, 滋賀大学 (Shiga University) 

Matthew McLaughlin, 立教大学 (Rikkyo University) 

Miho Takahashi, 関西大学 (Kansai University) 

Aya Yoshida, 京都大学 (Kyoto University) 

University of New Orleans 


EPIC-Kyoto 24-26 June 2022 Program: ONLINE Split Sessions 

FRIDAY, 24 June 2022 

Block I 

Friday, 24 June, 20:00-00:45 (Kyoto)

07:00-11:45 (New York) / 

12:00-16:45 (GMT London) 


20:00-21:15 (Kyoto): Opening Session 1 

1. Welcome and Opening Plenary 

Chair: Miho Takahashi, 関西大学 (Kansai University) 

Akitoshi Nagahata, 名古屋大学 (Nagoya University) 

Welcome Remarks 

Mary de Rachewiltz, Brunnenburg, Italy 

Sanehide Kodama, 同志社女子大学名誉教授 (Doshisha Women's University) 

21:15-21:45: Pause 


21:45-23:00: Sessions 2A and 2B 

2A. Pound’s Modernist Friends I: Ford, Yeats, Hauptman, and Early Poems 

Chair: Krista Rascoe, Tarrant County College 

Mary Maxwell, Independent 

Bos Amic: Ford Madox Ford’s Notes and Annotations to his Copy of Pound’s Lustra 

Karina Ibragimova, Московский государственный университет имени М. В. Ломоносов (Lomonosov Moscow State University) 

The Spirit of Friendship: The Creation of Ezra Pound’s “Planh” 

Maki Tachibana, 奈良女子大学 (Nara Women’s University) 

Hauptmann and Pound: The Sunken Bell and “The Summons” 


2B. Pound and Basil Bunting 

Chair: Aya Yoshida, 京都大学 (Kyoto University) 

Diana Collecott, University of Durham 

Ezra Pound and Basil Bunting: A Decade of Friendship, 1923-1933 

Yoshiko Kita, 中央大学 (Chuo University) 

The Resonant Poetics: Hojoki and Basil Bunting’s “Chomei at Toyama” 

Alex Niven, Newcastle University 

Editing Bunting’s Letters 

23:00-23:30: Pause 


23:30-00:45: Sessions 3A and 3B 

3A. Pound in Print, Pound Edited 

Chair: Roxana Preda, Independent 

Michael Coyle, Colgate University 

“She really adores him from afar”: A Close Reading of Pound’s Third Folio 

Giuliana Ferreccio, Università degli Studi di Torino 

Pound, Scheiwiller and the Brahmans 

Richard Dean Taylor, Late of Universität Bayreuth and Michael Kindellan University of Sheffield [Paper edited and read by Michael Kindellan

On Editing Pound’s “Cantos”: A Synopsis 


3B. Pound, Kitasono, and Japanese Friends 

Chair: Andrew Houwen, 東京女子大学 (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University) 

Giovanna Epifania, Bari, Italy 

From Clarity of Imaginative Vision to “transfusion of blood”: Translation and Avant-garde Poetics in Pound, Kitasono and the De Campos Brothers 

Miho Takahashi, 関西大学 (Kansai University) 

Pound’s Dream Stage and His Japanese Friends: Pound’s Correspondence with His Japanese Friends 

Justin Kishbaugh, Roger Williams University 

Rising Sun in Ram Sign: EP, Kit-Kat, and the Bilocated “Hokku” 


SATURDAY/FRIDAY, 24-25 June 2022 

Block II 

Saturday, 25 June, 06:00-12:00 (Kyoto) / 

Friday, 24 June, 17:00-23:00 (New York) / 

Friday, 24 June, 22:00-04:00 (GMT London) 

06:00-07:15: Sessions 4A and 4B 


4A. Pound’s Modernist Friends II: Gaudier-Brzeska, the Dadaists, and Joyce 

Chair: Anderson Araujo, University of British Columbia, Kelowna 

Jo Brantley Berryman, California Institute of the Arts 

Henri-Gaudier Brzeska’s Vorticist Portraits of Pound 

Christian Bancroft, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania 

“Epistemology of the ferox”: On the Wildness of Pound’s Parisian Years 

Krista Rascoe, Tarrant County College 

Pound and Joyce: “Making it new” through Friendship and Language 


4B. Pound on Friendship 

Chair: Svetlana Ehtee, University of New Brunswick 

Jonathan Pollock, Université de Perpignan 

Pound, Friendship and Courtly Love 

Espen Grønlie, Universitetet i Oslo 

Pound and the Notion of the Philosopher-King 

Sean Mark, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Paris 

Ezra Pound, Carl Schmitt and the Politics of Friendship 

07:15-07:45: Pause 


07:45-09:00: Sessions 5A and 5B 

5A. Pound’s Asian Legacy in American Poetry 

Chair: Jeff Grieneisen, State College of Florida 

David Lanoue, Xavier University of Louisiana 

Anglo-American Poetry Pre-Pound to Post-Pound: How Circles of Friends Changed Everything 

Joe Survant, Western Kentucky University 

Thinking about View from the Stork Building Two Years Later 

Rhett Forman, Tarleton State University 

Chinese “Variations” in Kentucky: Survant’s Project in View from the Stork Building 


5B. Pound among the Philosophers: Ascetic, Nihilistic, and Asemic EP 

Chair: Justin Kishbaugh, Roger Williams University 

Timothy J. Cook, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Pound, Heidegger, and Arendt: Ascetic Origins of The Pisan Cantos 

John Allaster, McGill University 

Ezra Pound and Dynamic Emptiness 

Chengru He, University of Utah 

Ezra Pound, Asemic Writing, and the Globalization of Language 

09:00-09:30: Pause 


09:30-10:45: Sessions 6A and 6B. 

6A. Pound’s Modernist Friends III: Pound’s and Yeats’s Working Friendship 

Chair: Rhett Forman, Tarleton State University 

Youngmin Kim, 동국대학교 (Dongguk University), 杭州师范大学 (Hangzhou Normal University) 

Translation as Medium of Transductive Friendship: Yeats and Pound’s Collaboration via the Fenollosa-Pound Connection 

Akiko Manabe, 滋賀大学 (Shiga University) 

Pound’s kyogen: The Protagonist 

Courtney Ruffner, State College of Florida 

Camminare con un amico nel biuio è meglio che camminare da solo nella luce”: A Friendship Rooted in Alchemy: Yeats and Pound 


6B. Deep Time in the Archive: Revisiting Pound’s Chinese Poetics (Special Session) 

Chair: Mark Byron, University of Sydney 

Andrew Houwen, 東京女子大学 (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University) 

“Mr. Mori’s Explanation”: The Historical Contexts of Ernest Fenollosa’s History of Chinese Poetry Notebooks 

Ryan Johnson, University of Sydney 

“Like Milton + Donne!”: Chinese Literary History According to the Ernest Fenollosa Notebooks 

Yuxin Zhang, University of Sydney 

Ezra Pound’s Transcriptive Poetics in the Confucian Odes 

10:45-11:00: Pause 


11:00-12:00: Special Event: Demonstration of the Making of a Noh Mask 

Chair: Akiko Manabe, 滋賀大学 (Shiga University) 

Teiichi IBA, Noh Mask Artist, Shiga Prefecture 

Demonstration of the Making of a Noh Mask 


SATURDAY, 25 June 2022 

Block III 

Saturday, 25 June, 20:00-00:45 (Kyoto) / 

07:00-11:45 (New York) / 

12:00-16:45 (GMT London) 

20:00-21:15: Sessions 7A and 7B 


7A. Pound’s Post-War Asian Reception 

Chair: Yoshiko Kita, 中央大学 (Chuo University) 

Wenting Li, 四川外国语大学 (Sichuan International Studies University) 

The Manuscript of Ezra Pound's Translation of Shih-Ching by Confucius 

Matthew McLaughlin, 立教大学 (Rikkyo University) 

Pisa & Beyond: Japan’s Post-WWII Response to Pound 

Seda Şen, Başhkent University 

Making Ol’ Ez New: The Rediscovery and Reception of Ezra Pound in Turkey 


7B. Pound’s Younger Friends among the Avant-Garde 

Chair: Jonathan Pollock, Université de Perpignan 

Rong Ou, 杭州师范大学 (Hangzhou Normal University) and Xioafang Liu, 上海外国语大学 (Shanghai International Studies University) 

An Oriental Dance Between Cy Twombly’s Painting and Pound’s Poetry 

Felix Marzillier, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities 

Ezra Pound's Women of Trachis and the Music of West German Avant-Garde Composers 

21:15-21:45: Pause 


21:45-23:00: Sessions 8A and 8B 

8A. Readings in The Pisan Cantos 

Chair: Courtney Ruffner, State College of Florida 

Mark Byron, University of Sydney 


Jeff Grieneisen, State College of Florida 

Natural Ezra Pound: Geocritical/Ecocritical Reading of The Pisan Cantos 

Walter Baumann, University of Ulster 

“[T]wo halves of the tally” (82/547): Canto 82 63 Years Later 


8B. Pound and Women: Friends, Figures, and Family 

Chair: Diana Collecott, University of Durham 

Paula Camacho, Universidad de Granada 

Ezra Pound and His Female Friends: From Hilda Doolittle to Iris Barry 

Emilie Georges, Université Paris Nanterre 

The Feminine Other in Ezra Pound’s Poetry 

Carol Shloss, University of Pennsylvania 

Tribute to Mary from Let the Wind Speak: Mary de Rachewiltz and Ezra Pound 

23:00-23:30: Pause 


23:30-00:45: Sessions 9A and 9B 

9A. The Poetics of the Late Cantos 

Chair: Viorica Patea, Universidad de Salamanca 

Leonor María Martínez Serrano, Universidad de Córdoba 

No Time, No Books, No Friends”: Ezra Pound on the Gift of Friendship 

Asa Chen Zhang, University of Michigan 

“Lose All Companions”: Rock-Drilling with/in Ling, and Canto 85’s (In-) Communicability 

Duncan Poupard, Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Ezra Pound, Naxiologist 


9B. Pound and Younger American Poet Friends 

Chair: Massimo Bacigalupo, Università di Genova 

Kent Su, 上海外国语大学 (Shanghai International Studies University) 

Chinese Landscape and Paradise: Poundian Retrospection in Kenneth Rexroth’s Poetry 

Grzegorz Kosc, Uniwersytet Warszawski 

Lowell’s Translation of Dante’s Canto XV and His Dialogue with Pound 

Anita Patterson, Boston University 

Friendship as Instigation: Ezra Pound, Gwendolyn Brooks, and the Chicago Renaissance 


SUNDAY/SATURDAY, 25-26 June 2022 

Block IV 

Sunday, 26 June, 06:00-10:45 (Kyoto) / 

Saturday, 25 June, 17:00-21:45 (New York) / 

Saturday, 25 June, 22:00-02:45 (GMT London) 

06:00-07:15: Sessions 10A and 10B 


10A. Pound’s Modernist Friends IV: Eliot and Hemingway 

Chair: Michael Coyle, Colgate University 

Vasily Tolmatchoff, Московский государственный университет имени М. В. Ломоносова (Lomonosov Moscow State University) 

The Lifelong Dialogue Between Eliot and Pound 

John Gery, University of New Orleans 

Curing “Per’apsez”: Pound’s Friendly Editing of The Waste Land 

Roxana Preda, Independent 

“We’ll see how the club furnishing holds out”: Ezra Pound and Ernest Hemingway in Canto 40 


10B. Pound Post-War, Postmodern 

Chair: Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta 

Lisa Szefel, Pacific University 

Ezra Pound Thinking 

Panayiotes (Peter) Tryphonopoulos, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario 

“[T]he printed b(00)k moth-eaten [STRAIGHT-JACKET] of the western Mind”: Marshall McLuhan, Ezra Pound, and the Modernist Mosaic 

Anderson Araujo, University of British Columbia, Kelowna 

From the New Age to the Zoom Age: Teaching Pound with Digital Technology 

07:15-07:45: Pause 


07:45-09:00: Plenary Session 11: “Old Friends the Most” I 

11. “Old Friends the Most”: Pound, Correspondences, and Friendship 

Chair: Walter Baumann, University of Ulster 

Matthew Hofer, University of New Mexico 

Ezra Pound and Epistolarity 

Demetres P. Tryphonopoulos, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta 

H. L. Mencken’s Advice to EP: “You made your great mistake when you abandoned the poetry business” 

Charles Altieri, University of California, Berkeley 

Certitude in the Friendships of Ezra Pound 

09:00-09:30: Pause 

09:30-10:45: Plenary Session 12: “Old Friends the Most” II 


12. “Old Friends the Most” II: Modernist Literary Friendships: A Roundtable Discussion 

Chair: John Gery, University of New Orleans 

Marjorie Perloff, Stanford University 

Zhaoming Qian, University of New Orleans 

Robert von Hallberg, Claremont Men’s College 

Akitoshi Nagahata, 名古屋大学 (Nagoya University) 


Sunday, 26 June 

Block V 

Sunday, 26 June, 19:00-00:45 (Kyoto) / 

06:00-11:45 (New York) / 

11:00-16:45 (GMT London) 


19:00-20:15: Special Event: Introduction to Noh Plays 

A Lecture by a Noh Master 

Chair: Akiko Manabe, 滋賀大学 (Shiga University) 

Toshiaki Yoshinami, Noh Master of Kanze School, Kyoto 

20:15-20:30: Pause 


20:30-21:45: Session 13: Poetry Reading in Japanese with English Translation 

13. Poetry Reading and Discussio

Chair: Matthew McLaughlin, 立教大学 (Rikkyo University, Tokyo) 

Kit Kumiko Toda, Université de la Réunion 

English Translations of Poems by Katué Kitasono about Ezra Pound (from Cactus Island and Egg

Shuri Kido, 鎌倉 (Kamakura, Japan), Poet 

Tomoyuki Endo, 和光大学 (Wako University), translator/reader and interpreter 

Senryu Taira, 東京 (Tokyo, Japan), Senryu Soke (The Head of Senryu Family), the 18th Senryu 

Andrew Houwen, 東京女子大学 (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University), translator/reader 

21:45-22:00: Pause 


22:00-23:15: Session 14: Poetry Reading in English 


14. Poetry Reading 

Chair: Justin Kishbaugh, Roger Williams University 

Ron Smith, Saint Christopher School, Poet Laureate, Virginia; Biljana Obradovic, Xavier University of Louisiana; Christian Bancroft, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania; Silvia Falsaperla, Toronto, Ontario; Rhett Forman, Tarleton State University; Jeff Grieneisen, State College of Florida; Chengru He, University of Utah; Justin Kishbaugh, Roger Williams University; Mary Maxwell, Independent; Joe Survant, Western Kentucky University 

23:15-23:30: Pause 


23:30-00:45: Session 15: Business Meeting 

15. Business Meeting 

Chairs: Walter Baumann, University of Ulster 

John Gery, University of New Orleans 

Akitoshi Nagahata, 名古屋大学 (Nagoya University) 


Ezra Pound International Conference 

EPIC Advisory Committee 

Massimo Bacigalupo, University of Genoa 

Walter Baumann, University of Ulster 

Diana Collecott, University of Durham 

John Gery, University of New Orleans (Secretary) 

Alan Golding, University of Louisville 

David Moody, University of York 

Akitoshi Nagahata, 名古屋大学 (Nagoya University) 

Viorica Patea, University of Salamanca 

Roxana Preda, Independent


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