Four Poems from “Guide to Torment”

These poems were written as part of my early chapbook, Guide to Torment. Inspired by the memoir End to Torment, which H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), the Imagist poet, wrote about her friend, one-time lover, and fellow poet Ezra Pound, this series deals with the problem of latent (at the time when I wrote it; winter 2014-15), and sadly, the rise of fascism in the United States. H.D. wrote the memoir around the time Pound was released from hospital care at St. Elizabeth’s in Washington, D.C., where he was held for insanity. Read the rest of this entry »