Detroit, MI: Detroit Institute of Arts, n/d (circa 1986). First Printings. Single Sheets. Two broadsides both signed by Clayton Eshleman. Two related oblong broadside-posters, both relating to a literary event held at the Detroit Institute of Arts on November 2, circa 1986 featuring Clayton Eshleman, the acclaimed, prolific poet, editor, educator & translator: (1) An approx. 14"x8&1/2" announcement of a multi-media event featuring readings of the works of Antonin Artaud, the French surrealist poet & inventor of the avant-garde "theater of Cruelty." Eshleman, along with Earl Kingston, are noted as readers of Artaud's works. Below his printed name, is Eshleman's hand-signature. With appropriately surreal illustrations. (2) an appx. 16&1/2"x10&1/2" announcement of a series of events at the Institute, the first of which is the Artaud/Eshleman/Kingston reading noted above. Just below the description of this event is Eshleman's hand-signature. Among the other events described in this item is "An Evening with Allen Ginsberg" in honor of the publication of his compilation, White Shroud: Poems 1980-1985. The first hardcover edition of White Shroud was published in 1986, thus we have presumed that this is the year in which both of this & item (1) were issued. With collage-illustration. A very rare & significant pair of related Eshleman collectibles, especially with his signatures & the Ginsberg reference in the second item. Both in very fine condition: (1) virtually mint, mounted on stiff board in protective shrinkwrap. Light dusting of spots, debris & one small circular residue-stain near upper left edge all on surface of shrinkwrap, not broadside. (2) also virtually mint, mounted on stiff board in protective shrinkwrap; very light dusting of spots & debris on surface of shrinkwrap, not broadside.
Both items are currently mounted on stiff board, in protective shrink wrap, and will be shipped together carefully rolled in a tube. Very Fine. [Item #2043]