(Recent messages have been entirely too long, quoting endlessly and not
making clear what points are being addressed. I'm writing, sans
quotation, in rely to Peter and Nancy on Eliot and an undefined
canonization, though Peter would elevated Eliot, via cannonisation into
a big bang. [Yet, the canon and the cannon are in fact from the same root.])
Wanting real readers, wanting to be published in magazines read by
people who might care about poetry and might help get books published,
wanting to participate in a cultural life outside the desk -- what poet
doesn't want these?
"Canonization" has been used in the several letters by several listers
to mean two different things: some psuedo-sainthood and literary
immortality. The first is in the realm of human nonsense and ego and
who cares? As for the second, again, what serious artist doesn't want
his or her work to last?
Where is the news in a real writer wanting to be considered one?