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Poetry of ice age images featured in La Sociedad para las Artes poetry reading

Published poet Clayton Eshleman will discuss the origins of human imagination and read a selection of poetry in New Mexico State University's La Sociedad para las Artes' Fall 2003 Visiting Author Series Friday, Nov. 14.

Published poet Clayton Eshleman will discuss the roots of poetry from images recorded on ancient cave paintings Friday, Nov. 14 at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery on the university campus. (Courtesy photo)

ding will be at 7:30 p.m. in the University Art Gallery.

For 25 years, Eshleman has investigated the roots of poetry and imagination from images recorded on ancient cave paintings in southwestern France. He will present background information, theories and slides about his recently published book, "Juniper Fuse."

"Eschleman is a very important figure in American poetry," said Connie Voisine, NMSU assistant professor of English. "This book, focusing as it does on cave paintings, is unique. We feel very lucky to be able to bring him here."

Eshleman is a professor of English at Eastern Michigan University and has published 13 collections of poetry and several essays for the Black Sparrow Press. He also founded and edited the two literary journals, "Caterpillar" and "Sulfur."

Eshleman is the primary American translator of Cesar Vallejo, Aimee Cesaire, Antonin Artaud and Michel Deguy. He received a Witter Bynner Translation Award and the Landon Translation Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

He also has been honored with the National Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and many grants for his two magazines.

Graduate student Casey Gray, who will be reading a selection of fiction, will join Eshleman.

The Art Gallery also is presenting the Segura Publishing Co. exhibit of limited edition prints and monotypes by leading contemporary artists at the same time as the reading.

"The Art Gallery and the English department are very enthusiastic about working with each other to bring the visual and literary arts together in one venue," said Mary Anne Redding, gallery director.

The gallery is located in Williams Hall near the intersection of Solano Drive and University Avenue. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Connie Voisine at (505) 646-2027.