In my time a way from Pre-kindergarten politics, I've been reading Lyn Hejinian's book of essays The Language of Inquiry.
Hejinian has an amazing quote:
The investigation of how language works and of how it conveys arrays of sense and meaning is a specifically poetic undertaking. In the course of it, one inevidently discovers that languagein a poem does not lay down paths that are always simple to follow. If it is "knowledge" one is trying to arrive at it would seem that there must be a more efficent way of getting there. Indeed, one wonders just whose side language is on.