Armand Schwerner Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Poetry Criticism)

CRITICISM

Gingerich, Willard. “Armand Schwerner: An Interview by Willard Gingerich.” American Poetry Review 24, no. 5 (September 1995): 27-32.

Schwerner discusses the philosophy of language in relation to creating his poetry.

Heller, Michael. “The Philoctetes and The Tablets.Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics no. 19 (winter 1998-1999): 82-89.

A comparison of Schwerner's translation of an authentic work of antiquity—Sophocles' Philoctetes—and his creation and translation of ancient texts in his epic work, The Tablets.

Kimmelman, Burt. “Traces of Being: Armand Schwerner's Ephemeral Episteme.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics 19 (winter 1998-1999): 70-77.

Suggests that the unique complexity of Schwerner's poetry derives from his multidisciplinary expertise in fields such as anthropology, religion, literary translation, visual art, and the performance arts of music and drama.

McHale, Brian. “Topology of a Phantom City: The Tables as Hoax.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics no. 19 (winter 1998-1999): 86–9.

Discusses The Tables in the context of “trope of archaelology.”

———. “Archaeologies of Knowledge: Hill's Middens, Heaney's Bogs, Schwerner's Tablets.” New Literary History 30, no. 1 (winter 1999): 239-62.

Compares the use and meaning of archaeological symbols and language in the literary works of Geoffrey Hill, Seamus Heaney, and Armand Schwerner.

Miller, Stephen Paul. “Bringing Schwerner Back Home.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics no. 19 (winter 1998-1999): 109–11.

Examines the poetry of the work, the joy & the triumph of the will.

Sabatini, Arthur J. “Variant Reading: On Armand Schwerner’s Prose.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics no. 19 (winter 1998-1999): 112–16.

Discusses the prose portions of The Tablets that give clues to Schwerner’s literary intent and creative inspiration.

Schwerner, Armand. “From Journals (1956-57).” American Poetry 4, no. 3 (1987): 49-78.

Excerpts from Schwerner's journals written prior to his first publication of poetry reveal, by his own description, “the developmental context of a young … poet.”

Zweig, Ellen. “Perfomative Erotics of the Text: Armand Schwerner’s Fictions of the Open and the Closed.” Talisman: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry and Poetics no. 19 (winter 1998-1999): 95–102.

Explores how The Tablets emphasize the process of writing.

Additional coverage of Schwerner's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 9-12R, 179; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 50, 85; Contemporary Poets; Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 165; and Literature Resource Center.