Schwerner was born in Antwerp, Belgium. His family moved to the United States when he was 9 years old.
He taught at universities in the New York City area until his retirement in 1983.
His most famous work, The Tablets, is a series of poems which claim to be reconstructions of ancient Sumero-Akkadian inscriptions, complete with lacunae and "untranslatable" words.
- Seaweed. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1969.
- Bacchae Sonnets (illustrated by James W. Mall). Omaha, NE: Cummington Press (Abattoir Editions), 1974.
- The Work, the Joy, and the Triumph of the Will. New York: New Rivers Press, 1977.
- Selected Shorter Poems by Armand Schwerner. San Diego, CA: Junction Press, 1999. x
- The Tablets, I-VIII. West Branch, IA: Cummington Press, 1968.
- The Tablets, I-XV. New York: Grossman, 1971.
- Sounds of the River Naranjana / The Tablets, I-XXIV. Barrytown, NY: Station Hill, 1983.
- The Tablets. Orono, ME: National Poetry Foundation, 1999.
- Albert Camus' 'The Stranger': A critical commentary. New York: Monarch Press, 1970.
- Sophocles, Philoctetus (in The Work, the Joy, and the Triumph of the Will).
- Audio / video
- "Armand Schwerner, 71, Poet Who Performed His Dialogues," obituary at the New York Times
- Armand Schwerner: The Tablets at the Boston Review
- Interview from American Book Review
- Armand Schwerner: The Tablets reviewed at Boston Review
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