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Companion Spider


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

About the Authors

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).


". . . To step into this book is to step into a world or 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. . . Anyone who delves into these opinionated essays will step back into the sunlight both irritated and enlightened. Recommended for academic libraries."—Library Journal
Wesleyan University Press

9780819564832 : companion-spider-eshleman-rich
Paperback / softback
352 Pages
$27.95 USD
9780819570581 : companion-spider-eshleman-rich
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$21.99 USD

Other Titles by Clayton Eshleman

The Complete Poetry of Aimé Césaire

Aimé Césaire
Oct 2017 - Wesleyan University Press
$50.00 USD - Hardback
$39.99 USD - Electronic book text

A Sulfur Anthology

edited by Clayton Eshleman
Jan 2016 - Wesleyan University Press
$27.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$21.99 USD - Electronic book text

The Original 1939 Notebook of a Return to the Native Land

Aimé Césaire
Aug 2013 - Wesleyan University Press
$24.95 USD - Hardback
$19.99 USD - Electronic book text

Other Titles in LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry

The Colosseum Critical Introduction to Rhina P. Espaillat

Leslie Monsour
Feb 2021 - Franciscan University Press
$15.00 USD - Paperback / softback

The Colosseum Critical Introduction to Dana Gioia

Matthew Brennan, William Brennan
Sep 2020 - Franciscan University Press
$12.00 USD - Paperback / softback

The Long Embrace

edited by Christopher Buckley
Jun 2020 - Lynx House Press
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback