Armand Schwerner

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Armand Schwerner (1927 – February 4, 1999)[1] was an avant-garde Jewish-American poet.[2] His most famous work, Tablets,[3] is a series of poems which claim to be reconstructions of ancient Sumero-Akkadian inscriptions, complete with lacunae and "untranslatable" words.[4]

Schwerner was born in Antwerp, Belgium,[5] and his family moved to the United States when he was nine years old. He attended Columbia University (B.A. 1950, M.A. 1964) and taught at universities in the New York City area until his retirement in 1983.


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