The Work, the Joy, & the Triumph of the Will
Author: Armand Schwerner
Publisher: New Rivers Press (1977)
A volume of poems by Armand Schwerner (1927–99), an acclaimed Belgian-born poet and translator who is considered to be a member of the ethnopoetics movement. Also with a translation of the ancient play, Philoctetes, by Sophocles; illustrations throughout by Pat Passlof; and a photograph of Schwerner with his sons by the legendary Gerard Malanga opposite title page.
"Armand Schwerner has a remarkable and complex ear. His poems in this collection are ecstatic and lyric. They are beautiful songs; in some cases, hymns. He follows truly in the tradition of Whitman singing the song of pantheistic joy for the beloved self living in the beloved world. The voice is compelling, wondrous, alive with sensuous music."