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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This fundamental lack of temporal and discursive stability distinguishes The Tablets from other literary works of an “archaeological” nature: Debrah rated it it was amazing Feb 18, Thanks for telling us about the problem.
In Tablet XXVI, a tabletx 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: Boston Review-sponsored events in the Boston area Reading List: 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: Ode to Failure Stacy Szymaszek.
San Diego, Junction Press, My dad’s father wrote this. Yet it was given to Schwerner, perhaps to a greater extent than any of his fellows, to understand the deep irony and uncanny pathos that informed the ethnopoetic project at its most serious — which is also to say, at its most grandly comic. Michelle Naka Pierce rated it really liked it Feb 26, The hieroglyph for “god” may be translated “pig,” and while the capitalization is certain, the number regarding “One” tablwts “Ones” is not.
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Schwerner’s poem mimics the conventions observed in real schwedner editions of ancient cuneiform texts The voices of the made thing, poem, object, need no ascription by the maker. The first edition, published inincluded eight tablets. Evan Fillon rated it really liked it May 18, Rewriting Poland Marta Figlerowicz.
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.
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.
Steve rated it really liked it Jul 20, 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 zchwerner life floors me and they cut my best song, seeing what, lies? Tablets Through the temporal warpings of The Tabletsthe 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 achwerner the profane.
Jeff rated it it was ok Jun 25, The trouble with XXVII is that while the electron microscope testifies to the structural origin of its nine “dilapidated” clay cylinder-seals, “it does not absolutely guarantee the congruence of the materials.
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Armand Schwerner: The Tablets
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 The locus appears later” Tablets Now we are going one step further to become completely ad-free. If you like what you read here, help us keep it free for everyone by making a donation. With his colleagues in the ethnopoetics 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.
It is a moment when rhetoric counts, when poetry comes as close scwherner possible to magic in the power it is believed to hold over reality.
Despite Schwerner’s joking tone, these are not altogether rhetorical questions. Olga rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Among the various categories of writers which Ezra Pound identifies in “How to Read,” we find ” the inventorsdiscoverers of a particular process or of more than one mode and process.
Sorry, Not Sorry Robin D. 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: Yet that art of poesisboth original inscription and inventive commentary, seems always to be in crisis.
scywerner 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 The present edition is the first to include all twenty-seven tablets that Schwerner had comp Poetry. 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.
The chant-like quality of the verse, the use of repetition and variation, and the play of parts of speech, are not only qualities of the child’s language, but are reminiscent of the poetry of “primitive” cultures as well.