Oct. 20, '54
Many thanks for your monograph which reached me yesterday. You were most magnanimous in your paragraph on my work and I also appreciate your criticism wherever it appears.
The whole article is well-balanced, discriminating, and incisively written. I am glad you gave young Reaney a 'leg-up' because there's talent in that fellow. I think he beats the Montreal group as he is not so warped by prejudice. He hasn't their stridency that 'you must listen to me' sort of thing.
Personally, I haven't written anything worthwhile since the 'Spike' two years ago, mainly because my right eye has played out and is under constant treatment by an oculist. I find it difficult to read.
The College has given me a room to hang my coat and hat up, so to speak. It is nice to be near students even if I don't lecture now. How Anno Domini catches up with one but the inevitable must be accepted with grace.
Incidentally I have learned to realize the difference between a poem written for radio and one meant for publication. You rightly refer to 'They Are Returning' as journalism. It is just that: when I saw it in print I knew that radio success is a different matter from that which attends publication in book form. I see how facile it looks.
Excuse illegibility in this letter of appreciation.
Kindest regards to wife.