Clayton Eshleman

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alchemist.jpgAn Alchemist with One Eye on Fire (Black Widow Press)
When The Bookworm explains that reading Eshleman's intense and visceral work brings up initial feelings of disgust, Eschleman responds that his poetry is a matter of initiation and transformation. He apprenticed himself to Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo, and describes his own relationship to Vallejo as a journey from horror to mastery.