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Title:
Companion spider : essays
Author:
Eshleman, Clayton.
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Publication Information:
Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
x, 333 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780819564825

9780819564832
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Book

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This is the accumulated work of a poet and translator who goes more deeply into the art and its process and demands.


Summary

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 C#65533;sar Vallejo, Aim#65533; C#65533;saire 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


Author Notes

The recipient of The National Book Award in 1979 for his co-translation of C#65533;sar 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, C#65533;saire, 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).


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Clayton Eshleman, poet, founder of literary magazines Sulfur and Caterpillar, and translator of Aim Csaire, Antonin Artaud and Cesar Vallejo, has authored a collection of essays on the reading and writing of poetry, Companion Spider. In it, Eshleman parses works by Lorca, Artaud and Csaire. He argues for a system of apprenticeship for young poets, and he excoriates The Norton Anthology of Poetry for its neglect of Objectivist and Language poets. With a foreword by Adrienne Rich. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

A poet, translator, and founder of the groundbreaking literary magazines Sulfur and Caterpillar, Eshleman says that writers don't need workshops but gravitate toward them anyway, because they are "so gregarious, such leaky vessels." He certainly is: To open this book is to step into a world of writers, drugs, and poetry, of motorcycling through Kyoto to see Gary Snyder or being sent by Allen Ginsberg to call on Herbert Huncke in the act of cooking a poem, literally. One gets the impression that Eshleman picks his friends largely on their ability to stand up to him in an argument. While his combative style can be daunting, there is nothing clubby or hermetic about his pronouncements; he always points the reader out, not in, as with his long lists of recommended books. The spider of the title shows up in several instances, most tellingly in a French cave painting, where it figures as a companion in a search for "a self strong enough to love, strong enough to not judge, and strong enough to disintegrate." Anyone who delves into these opinionated essays will step back into the sunlight both irritated and enlightened. Recommended for academic libraries. David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Clayton Eshleman, poet, founder of literary magazines Sulfur and Caterpillar, and translator of Aim Csaire, Antonin Artaud and Cesar Vallejo, has authored a collection of essays on the reading and writing of poetry, Companion Spider. In it, Eshleman parses works by Lorca, Artaud and Csaire. He argues for a system of apprenticeship for young poets, and he excoriates The Norton Anthology of Poetry for its neglect of Objectivist and Language poets. With a foreword by Adrienne Rich. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

A poet, translator, and founder of the groundbreaking literary magazines Sulfur and Caterpillar, Eshleman says that writers don't need workshops but gravitate toward them anyway, because they are "so gregarious, such leaky vessels." He certainly is: To open this book is to step into a world of writers, drugs, and poetry, of motorcycling through Kyoto to see Gary Snyder or being sent by Allen Ginsberg to call on Herbert Huncke in the act of cooking a poem, literally. One gets the impression that Eshleman picks his friends largely on their ability to stand up to him in an argument. While his combative style can be daunting, there is nothing clubby or hermetic about his pronouncements; he always points the reader out, not in, as with his long lists of recommended books. The spider of the title shows up in several instances, most tellingly in a French cave painting, where it figures as a companion in a search for "a self strong enough to love, strong enough to not judge, and strong enough to disintegrate." Anyone who delves into these opinionated essays will step back into the sunlight both irritated and enlightened. Recommended for academic libraries. David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

ForewordAdrienne Rich
I Novices: A Study of Poetic Apprenticeship
II The Gull Wall
Remarks to a Poetry Workshop
The Lorca Working
Companion Spider
III At The Locks of the Void: Cotranslating Aime Cesaire
A Tribute to Americo Ferrari
A Translational Understanding of Trilce #I
Introduction to Watchfiends & Rack Screams
Artaud's True Family, Glimpsed at Pompidou
IV A Note on the Death of Paul Celan
Two Introductions: Gary Snyder and Michael Palmer
Padgett the Collaborator
Spider Sibyls
V 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
VI 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)
ForewordAdrienne Rich
I Novices: A Study of Poetic Apprenticeship
II The Gull Wall
Remarks to a Poetry Workshop
The Lorca Working
Companion Spider
III At The Locks of the Void: Cotranslating Aime Cesaire
A Tribute to Americo Ferrari
A Translational Understanding of Trilce #I
Introduction to Watchfiends & Rack Screams
Artaud's True Family, Glimpsed at Pompidou
IV A Note on the Death of Paul Celan
Two Introductions: Gary Snyder and Michael Palmer
Padgett the Collaborator
Spider Sibyls
V 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
VI 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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