Well that's funny and, as usual, spot on. I think it's obvious that the wording was a tongue in cheek jab. But in the clowning are a few good points, not the least of which;
"Perhaps we too must invent our own history and choose our own gods if our portion of American literature is to receive a hearing on some tomorrow."
Have we done that? I don't think so. It seems the "university coterie" still bestow the stamp of approval, and anyone outside of that circle is considered - at best - a temporary, amusing diversion from the work of the REAL POETS (who no real people read).