Excerpt from “The Inn of the Empty Egg”:

The soul is fidelity
hollowed with infidelity to itself,
the Inn of the Empty Egg. An ancient aurochs,
Hieronymus Bosch looks back upon his shell, the Inn
of his undelivered body, so warm to those who still
remember covers, the candles under covers,
the cool warmth of finding the cardinal points of
one’s anatomy in the dark, late night, at 6 years old…

Clayton Eshleman was born in Indianapolis and educated at Indiana University. Along with publishing dozens of poetry collections and chapbooks, Eshleman founded and edited the poetry journals Caterpillar and Sulfur. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a National Book Award in Translation, two grants from the NEA, three grants from the NEH, two Landon Translation Prizes from the Academy of American Poets, 13 NEA grants for Sulfur magazine, The Alfonse X. Sabio Award for Excellence in Translation, a Rockefeller Study Center residency in Bellagio, Italy, 2004, and a Hemmingway Translation Grant in 2015. He has lived in Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Peru, France, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary, but has called Ypsilanti, Michigan, home since 1986. He is a Professor Emeritus of English at Eastern Michigan University.