(4/30/2005 12:10:00 PM)
JC, maybe someone else can help you there. I only discovered later that for the full articles, you have to click back on the subject titles.
All great fun - but I would suspect that anyone with quite a strong intellect such as his who disses so many, has something else, his own poetry or other agenda, to sell. I did ask, earlier, what of his other work? And does his poetry appear anywhere else but his own site?
What he does lack is any sense that poetry overtaken by history (which so much is?) may be of acute relevance in its time. I grew up with TSEliot, and can remember how he filled a void, made a new space, in the poetic spectrum. It was quite simply, exciting. And the Waste Land that he imaged had, however obvious, not been pinpointed - the Thirties were much about a rosy ideal Communist/Socialist/marxist promised land. Maybe if I had been French and read Laforgue, I would have caught on to some of this. But Eliot's own footnotes diverted attention from his influences in style - it was all about influences in content.