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    DescriptionCompanion 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 Cesar Vallejo, Aime Cesaire 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


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    Title
    Companion Spider
    Subtitle
    Essays
    Authors and contributors
    Introduction by Adrienne Rich, By (author) Clayton Eshleman
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 504 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780819564832
    ISBN 10: 0819564834
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    LC classification: PS3555.S5 C66 2001
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    University Press of New England
    Imprint name
    Wesleyan University Press
    Publication date
    31 January 2002
    Publication City/Country
    Hanover
    Author Information
    The recipient of The National Book Award in 1979 for his co-translation of Cesar 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, Cesaire, 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).
    Review quote
    ." . . 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