what we are trying to do is not only to disengage the elements of measure [currently promoted by poetry institutions] but to seek . . . a new measure or a new way of measuring that will be commensurate with the social, economic world in which we are living as contrasted with the past.
We seek profusion, the Mass--heterogeneous--ill-assorted--quite breathless--grasping at all kinds of things--as if--. . . we might think of the profusion of a Rabelais--as against a limited output. It is as though for a moment we should be profuse, we Americans; we need to build up a mass, a conglomerate maybe, containing few gems but bits of them--Brazilian brilliants--that shine of themselves, uncut as they are. . . . We are making a modern bolus: That is our somewhat undistinguished burden; profusion, as, we must add in all fairness, against distinction.