A second crucial feature of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E approach to poetry and writing centers in its preoccupation with nonsense, unmeaning, and fragmentation. These writers practice language experiments which generate and promote such conditions. As readers, their approach is archaeological. Their reviews and critical comments on poetry display little concern with "Interpretation"; rather, they elucidate as it were the behavior, the manners, the way of life that various kinds of writings perform and live.

Jerome J. McGann
Social Values and Poetic Acts
Harvard University Press, 1988.