Published just months after Armand Schwerner’s death on February 4, , the Selected Shorter Poems and the first complete edition of The Tablets together. THE TABLETS is his answer. Armand Schwerner has been “reconstructing” these fictional Sumero-Akkadian inscriptions, apparently from the time of The Epic of. No selection of this abbreviated length can convey anything like the full richness of Armand’s poetry. The Tablets themselves, despite the controlling presence of.

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These are the sorts of moves one finds repeatedly in Schwerner’s more lyric poems, as in this brief passage from the serial poem “sounds of the river Naranjana”: Debrah rated it it was amazing Feb 18, At the beginning of Tablet VI, we are informed that “Foosh” is the last in a long list tab,ets ridiculous names including “Sore-Ass-Mole-Face-Snivel-Kra,” “Anxious-Liar-Fart-Flyaway ,” and “The Porous Poppycock”though “we have no information about the identity of the addressee; anger and ridicule are directed toward some immanent power which keeps changing its attributes” Hogs will swill and shit on me, men will abuse me 29 Part prayer and part kvetchthis passage resonates with an existential melancholy worthy of very differerent Jewish writers like Bellow or Malamud, but supposedly precedes even Job or Ecclesiastes by many centuries.

San Diego, Junction Press, The modern, accidental form of Scuwerner tablets provides me with a usable poetic structure. The greater the number of sub-versions of the “original,” the reader realizes, the greater the subversion of the very idea of originality.

In Schwerner’s work, this linguistic quality is most apparent in those texts that rehearse the schwefner word, such as the early “Poem at the Bathroom Door by Adam”: His urge to sing is more formidable, however, when brought to bear on The Tabletsamid whose complex rigors one does not necessarily expect—but is grateful to find—such consummate, consuming music as this: The context of sober translation creates mode suitable for seductions by the disordered large which is the contemporary, and tabets narrative, which is out of honor in the most relevant modern poetry.


The built-in foils to authenticity are various. Sorry, Not Sorry Robin D. No amount is too small. Imperfect Remembrance Marta Figlerowicz. Open Preview See a Problem? Unlike its Modernist precursors, however, The Tablets does not conform, as critic Brian McHale has explained, to the Freudian archaeological trope that the deeper one excavates, the closer one gets to the truth.

Yet glimpses are all readers are given, as other impediments to “truth” are encountered. What is remarkable about Schwerner is that he may have found one means of addressing this problem, that he may have an alternative path.

Patrick Herron rated it it was amazing Jul 18, Published just months after Armand Schwerner’s death on February 4,the Selected Shorter Poems and the first complete edition of The Tablets together constitute a testament to one of the most important linguistic innovators of the late twentieth century.

About Store Membership Print Archive. It is a moment when rhetoric counts, when poetry comes armandd close as possible to magic in the power it is believed to hold over reality. Marie rated it it was amazing Aug 18, Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This same sense of immediate connectedness — of sincerity, that quality so valued by Objectivists such as Zukofsky and Oppen, whom Schwerner knew personally — is also to be felt when the poet uses the first-person pronoun. No trivia or quizzes yet. There is a growing ambiguity in this work of mine, but I’m not sure where it lies.


Rather, it is we readers who enact the primal scene every time we look into The Tabletsevery time we turn its pages, for the translated tablets are themselves the artifacts, or as close as anyone will ever come to them. Boston Review-sponsored events in the Boston area Reading List: Ode to Failure Stacy Szymaszek.

Armand Schwerner

While we have you If you step on me may your leg become green and gangrenous and may its heavy flow of filth stop up your eyes forever, may your face go to crystal, may your meat be glass in your throat and your fucking fail. Schwerner understands that the same is true for his contemporaries as well.

Five Poems Jenny Grassl. This is one of the great themes of The Tabletsa work that, genealogically, goes back further than almost any other exercise in ethnopoetics.

Rather than sentimentalize either the child-like or the primitive, however, the poem enacts the oral immediacy which the poet finds so valuable. Andbecause he was a pastor and a “divine,” Henrik L.

Armand Schwerner – Wikipedia

How does the sacred arise out of the profane, how does the profane enhance our sense of schwermer sacred? Dennis Olsson rated it it was amazing Feb 06, If you lift your arms in achwerner may they never come down and you be known as Idiot Tree and may you never die 30 And so it goes for another three stanzas: Lists with This Book. Jan 23, Dead rated it it was amazing.