Collier Nogues’s first book of poems, On the Other Side, Blue, was published by Four Way Books in 2011. She has received fellowships and grants from the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, and Oregon’s Fishtrap, Inc. She grew up in rural Texas and on Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, and currently teaches writing at the University of California, Irvine.
Original text: Ezra Pound’s 1941-1942 Radio Rome broadcasts, published in 1978 as Ezra Pound Speaking: Radio Speeches of World War II. Pound was not particularly interested in actual women in these speeches, but he did use the pronouns “she” and “her” frequently in reference to democracy, the United States, or other abstractions. In erasing these poems, I’ve enjoyed imagining him telling stories about people instead.