November 13, Sunday 4:00 PM
CLAYTON ESHLEMAN will be reading from his co-translations of the unexpurgated 1948 edition of AIME CÉSAIRE'S Solar Throat Slashed, recently published by Wesleyan University Press.
CLAYTON ESHLEMAN has been at the heart of American poetry since the early 1960's. His poems, critical essays, and translations of poets as important and diverse as CÉSAR VALLEJO, AIME CÉSAIRE, PABLO NERUDA, ANTONIN ARTAUD, VLADIMIR HOLAN, HENRI MICHAUX, and BERNARD BADOR have earned him (and his fellow co-translators in some cases) international acclaim, as testified by a US National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and two Landon Translation Prizes from the Academy of American Poets. In 1994, he was a fellow at the Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, where he wrote a 50 page poem on HIERONYMUS BOSCH'S The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Eshleman was also the founder and editor of two of the most important literary journals in the latter half of the 20th century: Caterpillar (1967-1973, 20 issues) and Sulfur (1981-2000, 46 issues). During his career he has published over forty books, including, between 2000 and 2007, the following: three collections of poetry—My Devotion, An Alchemist with One Eye on Fire, and Reciprocal Distillations; three translations—AIME CÉSAIRE'S Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, a second edition (with many new texts) of his “selected translations,” Conductors of the Pit, and The Complete Poetry of César Vallejo; and three collections of prose—Companion Spider, Archaic Design, and Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld. This last title is a groundbreaking collection of poetry and prose that is the culmination of Eshleman's twenty-five years of research into the origins of image-making via the Ice Age painted caves of southwestern France. In 2008, Black Widow Press in Boston brought out a 630-page Clayton Eshleman Reader, The Grindstone of Rapport, collecting 40 years of poetry, prose, and translations. A new collection of poetry, Anticline, appeared in the spring of 2010.
Eshleman continues to live in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a Professor Emeritus at Eastern Michigan University, with his wife Caryl, who for forty years has been his editor and who for nineteen years was the Managing Editor of Sulfur magazine.
Admission $7, students/seniors/children $5, members FREE
Free street parking.