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Juniper Fuse

Upper Paleolithic Imagination & the Construction of the Underworld

Clayton 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.

Wesleyan University Press, 9780819566058, 356pp.

Publication Date: November 3, 2003