I like how this excerpt from an interview in the Winter 2010-11 issue of Image, "A Conversation with Jeanne Murray Walker," turns over that question we all ask ourselves:
"Since no one can ever be sure what's going to happen to her work, what I need to be happy with--what we all need to be happy with--is having a conversation with one another. We can have a conversation with Aristophanes and Saint John of the Cross and Emily Dickinson, and in some way this conversation will carry forward, and children will receive it. It's part of what Wallace Stevens was saying in "Postcards from the Volcano": we need to be faithful, to pass down information, to modify the discussion, because things happen to us that have never happened before, and every moment in history is important. That is success. That's our project as writers. That's our calling."