Humming the blues

Title

Humming the blues

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Description

Cass Dalglish translates the cuneiform of Enheduanna, a powerful Sumerian princess in 2350 BCE. Nin-me-sar-ra-the first signed poetry in history-begs the goddess Inanna (who entered the underworld and returned) for help overcoming a usurper. Adopting a jazz aesthetic, Dalglish improvises on her translations, re-examining the cuneiform through feminist lenses. Giving fresh interpretations to the originals, these poems form rhythmic riffs-like jazz musical improvisations-that carry the reader back to the lands of ancient Iraq during the time when gods were women.

ISBN

9780934971928

Publication Date

2008

Publisher

Calyx Books

City

Corvalis, OR

Disciplines

Poetry