## 8.04.2005

I wouldn't want to be stuck with the unwinnable argument that Crane is a greater poet than Pound, etc. My thought, however, is, that Crane's sense of, feel for, the image acts as a kind of tuning-fork (in relation to what's beautiful in Pound et al.). (Just as, for me, Mandelstam acted as a tuning-fork for Crane.)

`Hast 'ou seen boat's wake on sea wall,                              how crests it?What panache?               paw-flap, wave-tap,                      that is gaiety,Toba Sojo,        toward limpidity,                         that is exultance,             here the crest runs on the wall`
(Canto CX)

(note the Yeats in the background)