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The Tablets Armand Schwerner

The Tablets

Armand Schwerner

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ISBN : 9780943373560
Paperback
158 pages
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Poetry. THE TABLETS takes its place as a worthy successor of the great American long poems of our century: Pounds Cantos, Williams Paterson, Olsons Maximus, Zukofskys A. The first edition, published in 1968, included eight tablets. Over theMorePoetry. THE TABLETS takes its place as a worthy successor of the great American long poems of our century: Pounds Cantos, Williams Paterson, Olsons Maximus, Zukofskys A. The first edition, published in 1968, included eight tablets. Over the years, THE TABLETS continued to grow. The present edition is the first to include all twenty-seven tablets that Schwerner had completed at the time of his death, along with the poets own commentary on the work in the form of Journals/Divagations. This edition also includes a CD of Schwerner reading extensive selections of THE TABLETS. Schwerners poem mimics the conventions observed in real scholarly editions of ancient cuneiform texts ... THE TABLETS is a Chinese-box puzzle, in place of a primal scene of archeological insight, a game of hide-and-seek, in place of knowledge, uncertainty, speculation, make-believe and trompe loeil effects--Brian McHale