From Scratch by Clayton Eshleman

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From Scratch is a suite of sinewy new poems, each exploring a station on one poet's way toward self-creation. Here is the growth of Clayton Eshleman's creative psyche from mud-caked Midwestern taproot to mature cosmopolitan flower, from inchoate youth to subtle mythologist of the caveman and of Paleolithic consciousness ("a single smoking road runs from Indianapolis to Lascaux!"). Here are hymns of praise for the great image-makers of the late Ice Age and to their modern descendants (Soutine, de Kooning, Nora Jaffe); here too are tributes to the master-spirits of the poet's inner life (Blake, Vallejo, Artaud).

Eshleman's is a highly individual poetry, yet one that demonstrates how each of us belongs, not just to our self, but also to those numberless selves who've gone before and to the collective human consciousness that underlies all our thoughts.

About Clayton Eshleman

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CLAYTON ESHLEMAN, poet, essayist, translator and educator, has founded and edited two seminal literary journals, Caterpillar and Sulfur, published twelve books of original poetry, two volumes of essays, and nine volumes of translations. He was the recipient of The National Book Award in 1979 for his co-translation of Cesar Vallejo's Complete Posthumous Poetry. He is Professor of English, Emeritus, at Eastern Michigan University.
Published June 1, 1998 by Black Sparrow Books. 200 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Eshleman appends 10 pages of endnotes to explain all of his influences and borrowings.) There's much to admire in their eclecticism, sheer expressive energy and stretches of musicality, but Eshleman's main tendency in this 13th collection is toward excess: poems dart among subjects and digressio...

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