Charles Olson vs. The Paris Review
Interviewer: These are very straight questions
Olson: Ah, that's what interviews are made of
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Interviewer: What is the distinction between your usage of the technique of quotation and that of Pound?
Olson: To tell you the truth, I think both Pound and Eliot were after something rather different than us who came a little later, like myself, hip hip hip. All that matters is that the thing be the thing of the thing -- a cool thing which is like a river for the tiger of the river. To say it in language is like hard as hell. The greatest poetry profile that was made this side or the other side of the Atlantic Ocean is called the anacreontic award and I hereby now make it and it's pre-amanquiantic and it is absolutely way down below Atlantis and it has got no end, no end because it is like the stock of heaven and creation and it hasn't even been booed or had a crown yet, but it exists. And I know where it's playing -- and I know where it is planted and I know where it is and we all do too, and we all know what we're talking about, because it is down on the plantation under the trunk of that large cypress tree in all that goo way down there in that rain swamp...