Juniper Fuse by Clayton Eshleman
Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld

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For over thirty years, Clayton Eshleman has studied the Ice Age cave art of southwestern France--Juniper Fuse is the culmination of this work. Named after the primitive hand lamp wicks used to light cave walls, the book, in Ronald Gottesman's words, is "a fabulous three-dimensional tapestry of scholarship. Original and intense, it poses serious questions about human nature and its relation to the animal and natural worlds."

Juniper Fuse is also a profound examination, in poetry and in prose, of the nature of poetic imagination and personal myth-making. Drawing upon art history and archaeology as well as poetics and personal experience, Eshleman delivers a potent distillation of the "paleoecology" of our minds, a provocative, and wholly passionate, exploration into the nature of consciousness.

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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 November 3, 2003 by Wesleyan. 356 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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But the book's real strength lies in the honesty of its attention to the deep, fearful, mortal stirrings of poetic consciousness, as well as about the visionary and beautiful ones: "The main thing that kept me going was a blind belief that if I worked through the sexism, self-hate, bodilessness, ...

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Eshleman makes a special study, returning to the theme throughout the book, of asking whether the human-animal hybrid images meant that men were taking on the powers of the animals, or evolving to be separated from them.

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