The Wolf Interview: Clayton Eshleman

Clayton Eshleman is a major American poet and translator who has been at the heart of international poetry since the early 1960s. He has published over forty books including The Complete Poetry of César Vallejo (University of California Press, 2007) and a 630-page reader, The Grindstone of Rapport, which collects from forty years of Eshleman’s poetry, prose, and translations (Black Widow Press, 2008). Since 2010 he has been astonishingly prolific: Anticline, Black Widow, 2010, Curdled Skulls (translations of Bernard Bador, Black Widow, 2011), Solar Throat Slashed (translations of Aimé Césaire, with A. James Arnold, Wesleyan, 2011), Endure (translations of Bei Dao, with Lucas Klein, Black Widow, 2011) and An Anatomy of the Night (BlazeVOX, 2012). Eshleman has won 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 twentieth century: Caterpillar (1967-1973, 20 issues) and Sulfur (1981-2000, 46 issues). His forthcoming collections include The Price of Experience, Black Widow, 2012 and Sakra Boccata (translations of Jose Antonio Mazzotti, Ugly Duckling, 2013).

Click here for an expanded version of 'Niall McDevitt Interviews Clayton Eshleman'. This is a web-only full version of the interview that was printed in The Wolf 26.


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