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

Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld

byClayton Eshleman

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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 César Vallejo’s Co...
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Title:Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the UnderworldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 10 × 7.06 × 0.88 inPublished:November 3, 2003Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0819566055

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Table of Contents

PART 1 Silence Raving
Interface I: "The Separation Continuum"
Hades in Manganese
Permanent Shadow
Placements I: "The New Wilderness"
Dot
Winding Windows
Our Lady of the Three-Pronged Devil
The Aurignacians Have the Floor

PART 2 Seeds of narrative in Upper Paleolithic Imagery
A Small Cave
Interface 2: "Fracture"
The Loaded Sleeve of Hades
Visions of the Fathers of Lascaux
Magdalenian
"Tiresias drinking, on his hands, in Hades . . ."
Notes on a Visit to Le tuc d’Audoubert
A Kind of Moisture on the Wall
Through Breuil’s Eyes
Placements II: "the Aranea Constellation"

PART 3 The Atmosphere Les Eyzies
"Abri du Cro-Magnon was earlier . . ."
The Power Room
Dusk, Abri du Cro-Magnon, 1988, 7:45 P.M.
Pleroma
Like Violets, He Said
Barcarole
Cemeteries of Paradise

PART 4 Placements III: "So Be It"
Thalassa Variations
Venusberg
Gagarino, Avdeevo, Willendorf
The Chaos of the Wise
Neanderthal Skull
Some Fugal Lubrication
Humbaba
At the Hinge of Creation
At Labastide
On Sunlit Garage Front
Cave Art Theory

PART 5 Prolegomena
A Phosphene Gauntlet
Le Combel
Hybrid Resonance
Indeterminate, Open
Apse and Shaft
Sparks We Trail
Matrix, Blower
Upon Emerging from Bernifal

PART 6: A COSMOGONIC COLLAGE The Dive
The Black Goddess
The Abyss o Montespan
The Hole that Grew into a Pole

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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.“No one knows the caves and the archaic regions of the soul in our times as does Clayton Eshleman. He is a guide among the animal images of the primordial psyche. His work takes us into the source of imagination, the dark origins of the human mind.” - James Hillman, author of The Soul’s Code