The animistic poets do not know where the poem is going as they write it, tapping into their subconscious so they might avoid the dry, pre-planned poem which does not surprise or engage the subconscious of the reader. The animistic poet is typically the Romantic poet, the post-modern poet, such as O’Hara and Spicer, and the young, neo-romantic MFAers. These are the true post-modernists.
The classical poet, on the other hand, plans the poem. This tradition includes the Modernists, the new Modernists, or (horrors!) faux post-modernists, who merely pretend to be animistic. This group tends to be anti-MFA and cries for less, not more, in the publishing/production landscape.
This, with apologies to Seth Abramson, is the essence of today’s po-biz divisions.