Dr. Jackson asks, "2) Ezra Pound obviously wrote quite a few books over his lifetime. What should people read to get started on his work?"
I don't know. I had a student read ABC of Reading in tenth grade, and it worked for him. He also read The Cantos in our tenth grade honors class. During senior year he borrowed ABC of Reading again to help him prepare for the AP exam. I don't know if it helped him. I think of the story I heard Carroll Terrell tell in 1985. He recommended an undergraduate student read Pound's criticism. The student did, and his grades in his English classes went down because the student shared Ezra's cantankerous opinions.
(I sometimes think of Ezra as the Yosemite Sam of poetry. "Ya varmits, I want ya to read Ovid and Dante." I think of T. S. Eliot of the Elmer Fudd. "Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm saving Western Civilization. Heh, heh, heh." I yearn to become the Bugs Bunny of poetry, but I remain more of a Daffy Duck, a Scarlet Pumpernickel.)
I love Ezra's essay "How to Read" in Literary Essays. That seems to me a good place to start. I also recommend just buying a copy of The Cantos and reading it out loud and seeing what happens. I fell in love with Ezra's prose before I could really uncrack the poetry. I bought ABC of Reading after reading a bunch of Bob Wilson in late 1982 or early 1983. I liked it, but I got stopped cold by the Chaucer quotes in Middle English. In summer 1983 I read Pound's Guide to Kultur, and that WORKED for me. In December I decided to "become a poet" and in a few months I changed my major from math to English.
(I fear this blog will seem narcissistic.)
The short Selected Poems of Ezra Pound (the old one, selected by Ez himself) has a lot of terrific poems. I also learned to appreciate Pound by reading about him, especially writings by other poets like Eliot, Williams, cummings, Creeley, Ginsberg, Donald Hall, Bob Wilson, etc.