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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If you lift your arms in grief 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: No amount is too small. Published by National Poetry Foundation first published January 1st For best printing results try turning on any options your web browser’s print dialog makes available for printing backgrounds and background graphics.

Jan 23, Dead rated it it was amazing. Jane rated it it was amazing Jun 27, But whether one regards the phenomenon from an archaic or postmodern perspective, it is clear that what the maker fashions is not self-expressive or experiential in any conventional sense.

Make a tax-deductible donation today. 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 Lists with This Book.

It is a moment when rhetoric counts, when poetry comes as close as possible to magic in the power it is believed to hold over reality.

The greater the number of sub-versions of the “original,” the reader realizes, the greater schaerner subversion of the very idea of originality. Dec 07, Chris rated it it was amazing.


The Tablets

You might have noticed the absence of paywalls at Boston Review. Quite apart from distorting the work itself, vocal performance further problematizes the polyvalent, palimpsestic notion of “the work itself,” though it does frustrate easy listening. You will be helping us cultivate a public sphere that honors pluralism of thought for a diverse and armad public.

The first edition, published inincluded eight tablets. Andbecause he was a pastor and a “divine,” Henrik L. Because poetic form is experienced as both recognition and otherness, it is magical or uncanny.

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.

How does this dialectic contribute to our sense of reality? These small-press editions have long been unavailable.

What are served especially well by oral presentation are the highly lyrical passages bursting sporadically from The Tablets. Schwerner does not relegate this sense of the magical to the primitive or the archaic alone, however, and this is one of The Tablets ‘ greatest strengths. gablets

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Osiris Oliphant rated it really liked it Mar 25, But what is to be found consistently, both on the page and in Schwerner’s extraordinary readings, is the underlying assumption that language, particularly spoken language, embodies a kind of primacy which, when discovered anew a discovery which is to be made endlesslycan restore a fundamental sense of wonder to human existence. But what strikes one as odd is that despite oracular passages in the work, its erratic typography would seem to render it the least sort of poetry capable of vocalization.

James Cook rated it it was amazing Jun 29, Schwerner’s poem mimics the conventions observed in real scholarly editions of ancient cuneiform texts There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Imperfect Remembrance Marta Figlerowicz.


He does not know the necessary identity of a voice or many voices. The divide between subject matter and procedure, though, is precisely what is unsettled by The Tabletswhich agitates any facile distinctions among fact, artifact, and artifice.

The Tablets by Armand Schwerner

Do I take advantage of the present unsure state of scholarly expertise? This statement pulls together a number of the most important aspects of ethnopoetics as an original artistic tendency — original in Pound’s sense of “make it new” and original in the sense of a return to origins. 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 present edition is the first to include all twenty-seven tablets that Schwerner had comp Poetry.

Patrick Herron rated it it was amazing Jul 18, The origin of this fictive Sumero-Akkadian civilization is not merely effaced to readers but was obscure even to those who lived in it.

About the diagrammatic Design Tablet he notes, “[M]y long experience warrants that concentrated meditation in it bears metaphysical rewards of a high order,” and in XXVII he reminisces, “I will never forget the vibrations, the shimmerings, that overmastered me when, my arms outstretched, I armadn experienced the pressure of one of these Seals on the xrmand of my left hand.

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