Clayton Eshleman's most recent publications include The Complete Poetry of Cesar Vallejo (University of California Press, 2007), Grindstone of Rapport: A Clayton Eshleman Reader (Black Widow Press, 2008), Anticline (Black Widow Press, 2010), Solar Throat Slashed (a translation of Aime Cesaire's Soleil cou coupe, with A. James Arnold; Wesleyan University Press, 2011), and Endure (a selected translations of Bei Dao, with Lucas Klein; Black Widow Press, 2011). Eshleman is the first poet to realize a huge, researched, and imaginative project, in prose and poetry, on Ice Age cave art: Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld (Wesleyan University Press, 2003). He was also the founder and editor of Caterpillar magazine (1967-1973) and Sulfur magazine (1981-2000). He continues to live with his wife, Caryl, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Clayton Eshleman’s The Price of
Experience-the title comes from “Night Two” of William Blake’s The Four Zoas-is
a literary anatomy, including two long poems (“The Moistinsplendor” and “An
Anatomy of the Night”); three New York City stories; a journal kept during a
1985 trip to Brittany; essays on Paul Blackburn, César Vallejo, Pierre Joris
and Aimé Césaire; reviews of works by Lee Hickman, Charles Olson, Chaim
Soutine, and Leon Golub; eleven lectures on the Upper Paleolithic painted caves
of southwestern France; notes on Carolee Schneemann, aprenticehood, the Medusa,
and Rodin; four interviews and a conversation with Robert Kelly; prose poems
inspired by the work of Daumier and Laura Solorzano; and “Erratics,” a
collection of sightings, aphorisms, tiny poems, quotations, gists and piths.