Armand Schwerner

Armand Schwerner (1927-1999). Courtesy Discogs.

Armand Schwerner (1927-1999) was an avant-garde Jewish-American poet and academic.


Schwerner was born in Antwerp, Belgium. His family moved to the United States when he was 9 years old.

He attended Columbia University, where he earned a B.A. in 1950 and an M.A. in 1964.

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.[1]



  • 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 TabletsEdit

  • 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).

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. The Tablets, Armand Schwerner, National Poetry Foundation, University of Maine. Web, Apr. 18, 2013.
  2. Search results = au:Armand Schwerner, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Feb. 6, 2015.

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