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Clayton Eshleman
Clayton Eshleman
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1935, Clayton Eshleman is the author of many collections of poetry and translation...
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Dot

 
by Clayton Eshleman

Unicellular sac pressed 
fingertips,

two dots, a me 
row--or a herow? a meandering 
red moist

blastospore, a multicellular 
dot-filled wall, 
lubricious prefiguration of Hermes
who swings with

heat of the amoeba need
soldered to sprout

desire, an earthworm psyche 
spiderline, tunneling on the leash of the 
to-be-peristaltic

boundary seeking

something to curve 
about, zigzag, 
bear claw hut rain, 
diagrammatic boogie-woogie of Hermes
flowing in the boundary catastrophe 
when the animal was separated out

     *

Dot,  doorbell
Summoning Hades through stone.






From Juniper Fuse: Upper Paleolithic Imagination and the Construction of the Underworld, as yet unpublished. Copyright © 2000 by Clayton Eshleman. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.
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