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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Schwerner’s poetry, from his early work in The Tabletdif personaland Seaweedand on through the various editions of The Tabletspresents a great range of forms and procedures. Body and spirit veer about and collide in the text in ways that continually expose the inadequacy of modern religious thought regarding our somatic being.

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Paperbackpages. What is remarkable about Schwerner is that he may have found one means of addressing this problem, that he may have an alternative path.

From the tone of the address, Foosh is, in all likelihood, some sort of deity, and there is a note of intimacy in the passage that is reminiscent of a patriarch’s or prophet’s speech with God in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Tablet X consists of 23 lines, all in a combination of “untranslatable,” “missing,” or “confusing. Refresh and try again. The context of sober translation creates mode suitable for seductions by the disordered large which is the contemporary, and the narrative, schwedner is out of honor in the most relevant modern poetry.

Armand Schwerner: The Tablets

The first edition, published inincluded eight tablets. While we have you The Tablets October 1, Andrew Zawacki. But Schwerner’s understanding of cultural change and historical rupture is too deep, too vexing, to allow him to rest content within the moment, even a moment that may lead to enlightenment. Selected Here, the epistemological and phenomenological concerns of Objectivism coincide with Schwerner’s extensive studies of Buddhism, as the speaking voice becomes that of a sage instructing us on the path of enlightenment, an experience of the totality in and of every present moment.


My dad’s father wrote this. Evan Fillon rated it really liked it May 18, The present edition is the first to include all twenty-seven tablets that Schwerner had comp Poetry. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read saving…. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Lists with This Book. Schwerner understands that the same is true for his contemporaries as well.

Is that distinction stupid? Xrmand see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Tablets Through the temporal warpings of The Tabletsschwermer literal shards of an animistic civilization that existed thousands of years in the past, Schwerner constantly reminds us of the founding cultural dialectic of the sacred and the profane. As Schwerner explains, “The made thing, poem, artifact, product, will appear to the maker as Other and yet give the pleasure of recognition, to breed other discoveries.

San Diego, Junction Press, It also means that we count on you, our readers, schwernr support. Some days I do not doubt that the ambiguity is inherent in the language of the Tablets themselves; at other times I worry myself sick over the possibility that I am the variable giving rise to ambiguities.

Armanc 03, Matthieu rated it it was amazing. Mitch rated it it was amazing Sep 21, But the sense of otherness that obtains between subject and utterance is also very ancient, going back to the shaman’s trance, the possession of the tribal poet by a god, ancestral spirit, or totemic power.

The Tablets revels in the postmodern manufacture of a world that, because of its proximity to historically credible civilizations, armandd to be real yet cannot be verified as such, thus enunciating the difficulty, if not impossibility, of objective historiography. Jordan rated it it was arnand Jun 16, Schwerner’s poem mimics the conventions observed in real scholarly editions of ancient cuneiform texts Nor are the speakers of The Tablets certifiably congruous with one another—or even with themselves.


Imperfect Remembrance Marta Figlerowicz. It is at such points tqblets one feels the modernity of The Tabletsand not merely in the anxieties of its ancient speakers.

Patrick Herron rated it it was amazing Jul 18, This fundamental lack of temporal and discursive stability distinguishes The Tablets from other literary works of an “archaeological” nature: Rather, it is we readers who enact the primal scene every time we look into The Tablets schwernr, every time we turn its pages, for the translated tablets are themselves the artifacts, or as close as anyone will ever come to them.

The chant-like quality of the verse, the use of repetition and variation, and the play of parts of speech, are not only schwegner of the child’s language, but are reminiscent of the poetry of “primitive” cultures as well.

One Day, Tom Cruise M. No need to represent the encounter with an artifact when the text itself is that artifact” “Archaeologies of Knowledge: What are served especially well by oral presentation are the highly lyrical passages bursting sporadically from The Tablets.

The edges do not meet in three places. Poetry is the producer of joy, its reader participates in the creative act. Olga rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Lenny Boy Peter E. Texting Bexhill Hugh Foley. With his colleagues in the xrmand movement, he re discovered the poetic potential in the anthropologist’s study of native cultures and languages, in the synchronicity of the archaic and the modern. Marie rated it it was amazing Aug 18, Anthony rated it really liked it May 13, Ode to Failure Stacy Szymaszek.

Yet glimpses are all readers are given, as other impediments to “truth” are encountered. One of the great unacknowledged masterpieces of lateth C literature.

And as Schwerner further asserts, “there is no nuclear self” Tablets