Synopses & Reviews
Featuring the major forces behind the surrealist movement from around the world, including Rimbaud, Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Aime Cesaire, Andre Breton, Vladimir Holan and Antonin Artaud, Conductors of the Pit
brings these poets to a new generation of creative hearts.
From Rimbaud's obscure and harrowing "Drunken Boat" with its "very sea whose sobbing made my churning sweet" to Pablo Neruda's "tongue of death looking for the dead,/the needles of death looking for the thread," Conductors of the Pit is unlike any poetry anthology of its kind. In this mesmerizing and fully annotated volume, the major works of experimental poetry that have shaped the modern age are at last available side by side, along with a historical and cultural overview by the editor.
"Forget the orchestra / conduct the pit!"
Clayton Eshleman commands, of both himself and his muses as they search for "the gulf between worlds." Featuring major forces of the surrealist movement such as Rimbaud, Artaud, and Neruda, this fully annotated anthology contains their most essential work poems that shaped the modern age available side by side for the first time. Carefully chosen background material puts each artist and poem into a cultural and historical context.
About the Author
Clayton Eshleman received The National Book Award (1979) for his cotranslation of Cesar Vallejo's The Complete Posthumous Poetry (University of California Press), the 2002 Landon Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets for his translation of Vallejo's Trilce (Wesleyan University Press), the PEN award for translation in 1977 and a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry in 1978. Eshleman's own works of poetry include Under World Arrest (1994) and From Scratch (1998) and the collection of essays Companion Spider (with a forward by Adrienne Rich, 2002). He has contributed to a number of anthologies, including Postmodern American Poetry, (Norton, 1994); Masterpieces of World Literature, Volume 2 (Norton, 1996) and The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry, (Vintage, 1996). Most recently, Clayton Eshleman published Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination and the Construction of the Underworld, (Wesleyan University Press, 2003), a culmination of his 30-year study of cave painting in Southwestern France. Clayton Eshleman lives in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his wife Caryl, where he is professor emeritus at Eastern Michigan University.