"If a wider, more inclusive address in the poem has been a central concern of our poetics, this openness to the world has taken place at a point where language occurs as a “not-I” that, by definition, is beyond the poet: Rimbaud’s “Je est un autre.” In its concerns for intersubjectivitv, for language, and for the structure of the self prior to the selfs knowledge of it, current theory addresses many questions of writing understood in this sense. For us, theory, like writing, is speculative and dynamic as opposed to institutional or normative. In our use of it, we would emphasize the prospective and question the dogmatic, looking for options and constructive potentials rather than closure or limits. We propose not a “pure” language but a “contaminated” one, testing the relations among its constituent elements and forms, from which we do not exclude theory. This is as much as to say that our writing has committed us to more than we know; to admit theory into our practice is to imagine what is yet to be written."