Selected Shorter Poems
144 pages perfectbound
Schwerner (1927-1999) was a maximalist, whose interest in anthropology and religion fueled a poetry that explored the very
nature of civilization. ...He draws on a ‘wild spectrum’ of sources—Eskimo poetry, Buddhism, Zuni myths—but frequently allows
his playful sense of language to lighten the oracular load. Stuffed with enough puzzles to keep poetry readers and scholars busy
through the next century. Essential for all libraries with substantial poetry collections..
- Library Journal
Armand Schwerner has been one of the master poets of my time. What he leaves us is a lifetime’s work that stuns the imaginations of those who hear him. The ancients called it ‘wisdom poetry,’ & I know of no contemporary who has been more into its practice.
- Jerome Rothenberg