“Here, as partial explanation, is a conceit with which I think Amiri Baraka might be in general agreement: Language and its Post-Language residues have begun to assume, and with great eagerness, consular posts in the bigger poetic culture, and they have begun to greatly enjoy the trappings of this diplomatic success. That wing of American experimentalism (now one of U.S. poetry’s most successful exports abroad, a modest cousin to the Abstract Expressionism of yore) has become a petit-bourgeois poetics of collaboration, a radicalism of appearances that gently nips, on its “long march through the academy,” at its master’s condescending hand.”

The Debate That Died (flashpoint, late 2000)