Armand Schwerner

Armand Schwerner (1927-1999). Courtesy Discogs.

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


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

He attended Columbia University, where he received 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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