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Imagist Poetry - Peter Jones

A brief selection of works and a broadly sympathetic introduction to the Imagist movement, including some statements of purpose by Ezra Pound, F. S Flint and Amy Lowell. Hilda Doolittle (H.D) and Richard Aldingdon are key members of the group, and DH Lawrence contributed to some of the anthologies they produced.

I owe to this book my discovery of the magnificent HD, and richly enjoyed declaiming her poetry into the night. The hostility between Pound and Lowell comes across as the latter derailing the movement, but I am sympathetic to her principles even if I agree with Jones that her poems are insipid...

Mixed bag overall


The light passes
from ridge to ridge,
from flower to flower -
the hypaticas, wide-spread
under the light
grow faint -
the petals reach inward,
the blue tips bend
toward the bluer heart
and the flowers are lost

The cornel-buds are still white,
but shadows dart
from the cornel-roots -
black creeps from root to root,
each leaf
cuts another leaf on the grass,
shadow seeks shadow,
then both leaf
and leaf-shadow are lost.