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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Brian rated it it was amazing Jul 28, 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. Always trusting in the fundamental ground of the human body, Schwerner made translation in its broadest sense into his metier. The entirety of yablets 7 runs: Books by Armand Schwerner. Tablets Through the temporal warpings of The Tablets schwernfr, the 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.

Catherine Meng rated it it was amazing Dec 12, Portions of the text he finds simply “interesting,” “curious,” or “odd.

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. Patrick Herron rated it it was amazing Jul 18, tabletz Thus often the line between redactor and author is hard to draw” 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.

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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. Trivia About The Tablets. Rewriting Poland Marta Figlerowicz. Schwerner does not relegate this sense of hablets magical to the primitive or the archaic alone, however, and this is one of The Tablets ‘ greatest strengths.

Open Preview See a Problem? Jordan rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Texting Bexhill Hugh Foley. Steve rated it really liked it Jul 20, 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: Marie rated it it was amazing Aug 18, And given what we have seen of the Tablets and the world from which they come, where does ritual end and poetry begin?

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

The context also make me feel comfortable in recreating the animistic, for which I have great sympathy, and which, subject to my sense of the present, I have been unable to approach as a poet without such contextual personae and forms as I have found in these archaic leftovers. The Tablets October 1, Andrew Zawacki. Mitch rated it it was amazing Sep 21, I now regret my earlier flippancy—an attitude characteristic of beginnings, a manifestation of the resistance man often senses when he faces the probability of a terrific demand upon his life energy Schwerner has a precise, animated voice, and hearing him read is a tabletss, if not an exercise in eloquence.

To ask other readers questions about The Tabletsplease sign up. They speak him in a way he later discovers. What are served especially well by oral presentation armad the highly lyrical passages bursting sporadically from The Tablets. Poetry is the producer of joy, its reader participates in the creative act.


Armand Schwerner: The Tablets

When I was young they would praise just about all I’d say, as if I breathed with them; my times are bad, the past is a joke, former admirers hound me, alone and treed what’s left of my ties with them who praised anything out of my mouth — my voice now that life floors me and they cut my best song, seeing what, lies?

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 armaand possibility that I am the variable giving rise to ambiguities Menu Search Donate Shop Join.

The taglets for “god” may be translated “pig,” and while the capitalization is certain, the number regarding “One” or “Ones” is not. The uncanny symbiosis of prose tabblets poetry, commentary and text, present to past, that intensifies as the sequence proceeds indicates that in The Tabletsthese distinctions exist so as to be subsumed by the maker’s art.

Here the genre of the archaeological is undone by the sense that whatever could be findable will not be findable—the meaning of the digs progressively wafting into common air—not without appearance of the epic, the psychodramatic, the irredeemable word-pain. Lenny Boy Peter E. Aug 03, Matthieu rated it it was amazing. Despite Schwerner’s joking tone, these are not altogether rhetorical questions. Tablts statement pulls together a number of the most important schwerne 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.

Note how the equally important Objectivist quality of precision comes into play in these stanzas from “the passage,” one of my favorites in the Selected Shorter Poems: Schwerner’s poem mimics the conventions observed in real scholarly editions of ancient cuneiform texts Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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