Beliefs are not to be respected just because they are beliefs. Societies in which any kind of abrasive criticism constitutes “abuse” clearly have a problem. -- Terry Eagleton, in Commonweal [!]; full essay here.
On the other hand... The pigeonholing (e.g. "quietist", "SoQ," "post-avant") poetries-not-poetry approach that echoes round the po-blogosphere these days is surely related to the decline of literary criticism as a responsible practice of poets themselves and even of our so-called critics - who today are mostly bloggers-cum-book-reviewers writ large. Why do we accept "touchstones" instead of ideas?
Stay tuned for a roundtable on negative and other criticism (including yours truly) at Mayday magazine, debuting on May 1st; list of participants here (though see Kent's comments, below).
"Over the years, the voice gradually turned into a hipster’s cutting, sarcastic instrument, often so elliptical as to be incomprehensible." -- Aram Saroyan
Pictured: The flat earth, with martyred "Quietist"