Eliot sightings (and a peek at Bloom too:) Once again the "Ideas" section of the Sunday edition of the "Boston Globe" has something for us TSE listers. The article, "Poets, Inc." starts on the first page of the section (p. K1) and is also posted on the newspaper's website at page: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/ideas/articles/2006/01/08/poets_inc/ The first few paragraphs are cut and pasted below but they are not necessarily the best. Another Eliot sighting appeared on page K8 in a review of a biography of H.L. Mencken, "Mencken: The American Iconoclast." It mentioned that Mencken promoted Eliot, among others. Regards, Rick Parker Poets, Inc. Can a big pot of money - and a savvy marketing plan - make poetry matter again? By Wesley Yang | January 8, 2006 THREE YEARS ago, a pharmaceutical heiress made Poetry magazine, the venerable monthly that discovered T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, and Marianne Moore, the richest literary journal in the history of the world. The sum of $175 million, given by Ruth Lilly, made the subject of poetry into news fit to print in just about every newspaper in America. The sum's vastness enticed some poets into imaginative flight. The poet Rafael Campo rhapsodized in an opinion piece in the Globe that a ''Poetry Palace" built with the gift might come to house ''factory workers and firefighters, immigrants, and descendents of slaves," and that ''such a rich community of poetry-lovers could truly repair this broken planet." In the London Independent, Campbell McGrath had a more modest but (as it turns out) no less fanciful wish: ''I hope that, as much as possible, Poetry will find a way to call up individual poets and say, 'You're not going to believe this, but we're going to give you money."' Of course, some in the literary world have declined to get caught up in the excitement. ''We have thousands of very bad poets in the USA. There are also 20 or so good ones," writes eminent Yale critic Harold Bloom in a recent e-mail. ''All that money should be used to fight poverty and illness here and abroad."