Waldman's Outrider will be a provocative contribution to a post-millennium poetics.
"The Outrider holds a premise of imaginative consciousness. The Outrider rides the edgeparallel to the mainstream, is the shadow to the mainstream, is the consciousness or soul of the mainstream whether it recognizes its existence or not. It cannot be co-opted, it cannot be bought. Or rides through the chaos, maintaining a stance of 'negative capability,' but also does not give up that projective drive, or its original identity that demands that it intervene on the culture. This is not about being an Outsider. The Outrider might be an outlaw, but not an outsider. Rather, the outrider is a kind of shaman, the true spiritual 'insider.' The shaman travels to zones of light and shadow. The shaman travels to edges of madness and death and comes back to tell the stories."--from the essay "Premises of Consciousness: Notes on 'Howl'"
Outrider is an invocation of "lineage" as a challenge toward examining the practice of poetry and the links of its history.