Nearly a year ago, Josh Corey offered what seems to me to be some fresh perspective on poetry’s “Post-Avant vs. School of Quietude” skirmish, by injecting some wisdom from comic book artist Scott McCloud.
Call me anything but timely: I liked the ideas so much, I thought I’d dredge them back up from the archives.
Basically, per Corey, McCloud describes/declares four essential camps, or tribes of comic book (sequential art) artists, which Corey notes can be found in the broader world of art and letters. If I may be allowed to quote a quote, the four tribes can be described thusly:
The Classicists: Excellence, hard work, mastery of craft, the quest for enduring beauty.
The Animists: Putting content first, creating life through art, trusting one’s intuition.
The Formalists: Understanding of, experimentation with, and loyalty to the [art] form.
The Iconoclasts: Honesty, vitality, authenticity and unpretentiousness. Putting life first.
Quickly I notice how my own writing was shaped by animists, forever bringing me back to the story, the image, training me to see a difference between memory, or annecdotal truth, and poetic truth. Today I can see and feel their influence: I find myself deeply invested in the animist ideals, especially trust in intuition.