Companion Spider

Companion Spider


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Companion Spider is the accumulated work of a poet and translator who goes more deeply into the art and its process and demands than anyone since Robert Duncan. Clayton Eshleman is one of our most admired and controversial poets, the translator of such great international poets as César Vallejo, Aimé Césaire and Antonin Artaud, and founder and editor of two important literary magazines, Sulfur and Caterpillar. As such, Eshleman writes about the vocation of poet and of the poet as translator as no one else in America today; he believes adamantly that art must concern itself with vision, and that poets learn best by an apprenticeship that is a kind of immersion in the work of other poets.

Companion Spider opens with a unique eighty page essay called "Novices: A Study of Poetic Apprenticeship" addressed to the poet who is just starting out. Subsequent sections take up the art of translation, poets and their work, and literary magazine editing. The title is drawn from an extraordinary visionary experience which the author had, which becomes a potent metaphor for the creative process. Through the variety of poets and artists to whom he pays homage, Eshleman suggests a community which is not of a single place or time; rather, there is mutual recognition and responsiveness, so that the reader becomes aware of a range of artistic practices s/he might explore

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780819564832
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

The recipient of The National Book Award in 1979 for his co-translation of César Vallejo's Complete Posthumous Poetry, Clayton Eshleman founded and edited two seminal and highly-regarded literary journals, Caterpillar (1967 - 1973) and Sulfur (1982 - 2000). Eshleman has published twelve books of original poetry, two volumes of essays, and translations of Vallejo, Césaire, Neruda, Artaud, Holan and Deguy. Award-winning poet, feminist thinker and political activist Adrienne Rich is the author of many books, most recently Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995 - 1998 (1999).

Table of Contents

Foreword – Adrienne Rich
Novices: A Study of Poetic Apprenticeship
The Gull Wall
Remarks to a Poetry Workshop
The Lorca Working
Companion Spider
III At The Locks of the Void: Cotranslating Aimé Césaire
A Tribute to Américo Ferrari
A Translational Understanding of Trilce #I
Introduction to Watchfiends & Rack Screams
Artaud's True Family, Glimpsed at Pompidou
A Note on the Death of Paul Celan
Two Introductions: Gary Snyder and Michael Palmer
Padgett the Collaborator
Spider Sibyls
Gospel According to Norton
Complexities of Witness
"What Is American About American Poetry?"
The Lawless Germinal Element
Introduction to the Final Issue of Sulfur Magazine
From an Interview with Duane Davis For Waste Paper (1993)
From an Interview with William Harmer for Agenda (1994)
From an Interview with Keith Tuma for Contemporary Literature (1996)
Medusa Dossier: Clayton Eshleman (1999)

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