Companion Spider: Essays
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
Ebook Edition Note: The essay, “Gull Wall,” has been redacted.
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In her foreword to this book of essays and critiques, Adrienne Rich refers to Eshleman's "prodigious empathetic capability." Having dipped into this volume but not read every word, I would certainly ... Read full review
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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 ... Read full review
The Gull Wall
Remarks to a Poetry Workshop
A Tribute to Americo Ferrari
Introduction to Watchfiends Rack Screams
Artauds True Family Glimpsed at Pompidou
Padgett the Collaborator
The Gospel According to Norton
Complexities of Witness
What Is American About American Poetry?
From an Interview with Duane Davis for Waste Paper 1993
From an Interview with Keith Tuma for Contemporary
Clayton Eshleman 1999