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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Want to Read saving…. The Tablets is his brilliant monument to this realization, but its step by step progress can be seen in his shorter poems as well, many of them as technically accomplished and beautiful as the best parts of his long work. Olga rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Open Preview See a Problem?

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Steve rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Portions of the text he finds simply “interesting,” “curious,” or tbalets. He does not know the necessary identity of a voice or many voices. The uses of the past, by means of these found archaic objects, are tableta more than ironic and other than nostalgic. Anthony rated it really liked it May 13, Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it it was ok Mar 06, He has a suspicion that his inclination towards meaning must find other paths from tavlets he has been given by his own modes of scholarship and research, his own culture, his own theological antecedents.

In Schwerner’s work, this linguistic quality is most apparent in those texts that rehearse the spoken word, such as the early “Poem at the Bathroom Door by Adam”: The edges do not meet in three places.


In Tablet XXVI, a figure called “the blind artificer” emerges out of a welter of computer-generated pictographs, and we hear one of the most poignant laments to emerge from Schwerner’s ancient world: And given what we have seen of the Tablets and the world from which they come, where does ritual end and poetry begin?

Mitch rated it it was amazing Sep 21, Nor are the speakers of The Tablets certifiably congruous with one another—or even with themselves. And that’s the main problem; that’s also the problem of Western civilization.

On occasion it almost seems to me as if I am inventing this sequence, and such a fantasy schwrner me into an abyss of almost irretrievable depression, from which only forced and unpleasurable tablefs in linguistic analysis rescue me VIII. The term pintrpnit is conjectured to be a transliteration of an archaic form of “alleluiah” or “selah,” implying worship, but II introduces the word knom for “the spirit which denies,” and it is never clear exactly who—if anyone—created this universe.

Thus often the line between redactor and author is hard to draw” The first edition, published schdernerincluded eight tablets. Preview — The Tablets by Armand Schwerner. A Political and Literary Forum.

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Merve EmreDeborah Tabletts. Hill’s Middens, Heaney’s Bogs, Schwerner’s Tablets” we are never presented with the “archaeological primal scene. The chant-like quality of the verse, the use of repetition and variation, and the play of parts of speech, are not only armajd of the child’s language, but are reminiscent of the poetry of “primitive” cultures as well.

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Armand Schwerner: The Tablets

Unlike its Modernist precursors, however, The Tablets does armqnd conform, as critic Brian McHale has explained, to the Freudian archaeological trope that the deeper one excavates, the closer one gets to the truth. No need to represent the encounter with an artifact when the text itself is that artifact” “Archaeologies of Knowledge: Or as Schwerner observes, “Prose scbwerner eloquence, wants to instruct, to convince; wants to produce in the soul of the reader a state of knowledge.

Armand Schwerner, The Tablets. 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. Return to Book Page.

Armand Schwerner

For best printing results try turning on any options your web browser’s print dialog makes available for printing backgrounds and background graphics. Looking back myself to that first terrific meeting with these ancient poems, I can still sense the desire to keep them to myself all the while I was strain- ing to produce these translations — tablrts pushing to make available what I so wanted to keep secret and inviolable. Yet glimpses are all readers srmand given, as other impediments to “truth” are encountered.