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H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) is a hugely important literary and cultural figure whose influence is only now beginning to be appreciated, not only as a poet but also as a queer and feminist icon. Dryad combines poems written by, to and about H.D. and her lovers and literary collaborators Ezra Pound, Frances Gregg and Bryher. The cycle imagines a coded poetic dialogue between these literary figures, whose personal and professional lives intersected dramatically in the early decades of the twentieth century. Drawing on Classical Greek literary forms and mythological figures (among which, Narcissus and Echo, Artemis, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Dryads, Maenads), these texts call to one another in supplication, desire, possession, contempt, jealousy, struggle and resilience.
Dryad was a name with which other poets referred to H.D. – especially as it appears in the very late Ezra Pound Cantos:
Dryad, your eyes are like the clouds over Taishan
When some of the rain has fallen
And half remains yet to fall
Dryad, thy peace is like water
for Susan Narucki, Kyle Adam Blair, and the UCSD Graduate Vocal Studio: Stefanie Quintin, Mariana Flores, and Miguel Zazueta
III. To H.D.
IV. Ortus (Birth)
V. Flute Song
VII. Wild Rose
IX. We Two
Text by H.D, Ezra Pound, Bryher, and Frances Gregg