EXCITING NEW RELEASES
Scribbles of a Madman
Scribbles of a Madman is Nineb Lamassu's 6th collection and the 5th which Enheduanna Publishing has published for Lamassu to date.
Lamassu has established himself as one of the most innovative modernist Assyrian poets of our time and his poetry requires no introduction.
In this collection of 308 pages of poetry, Lamassu is both romantic and critical: critical of the current status quo of Assyrian politics and the shortcomings of Assyrian intelligentsia. His poetry is the voice of a people in distress.
As a romantic, his poetry is both risqué and provoking, some might even see his romantic poems, in this collection, worthy of censorship. It is always a fine line between poems of sincere love emotions and poetic expressions of lovemaking, on one hand, and pornographic poetry on the other. In this collection, Lamassu toys with crossing this fine line and this is exactly what makes this collection an exciting read.
Nusara: Harmony of a Chirping Nest
This is a video recording of a wonderful evening of music and poetry which was produced by Enheduanna Publishing and presented by Assyrian Language and Culture Trust. It was held at the Fairfield School of Arts, Sydney - Australia.
The evening included poetry recitals by Nineb Lamassu, vocal performances by Ninos Tooma, Nina Tooma and Bratiel Sulaiman. It also included an introduction to Nineb Lamassu's poetry by Emil Gharib and a Q and A with the poet.
Poetry: Nineb Lamassu
Vocals: Ninos Tooma, Nina Tooma and Breitil Sulaiman
Saz: Ninos Tooma
Guitar: Breitil Sulaiman
Review: Email Gharib
MC: Tighlat Romel
Filming: Ninos El-Khouri and Hammurabi Barhi
Editing: Adel Danno
Produced by: Assyrian Language and Culture Trust together with Enheduanna Publishing
Snakes and Apples
This new collection of Nineb Lamassu focuses on love and romance; and the intimacy enjoyed by two passionate lovers.
At times we meet poems exploring the most intimate aspects of a love relationship, through risqué and erotic language, and at times we come across poems describing the pain of separation and breakups.
No Assyrian poetry has dared to explore love in such a way as Nineb Lamassu has done in this new collection. Thus Snakes and Apples is a groundbreaking work of literature and will remain a reference point for the coming generations of Assyrian poets.
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Enh̬eduanna: What's in a name?
In his Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare has Juliet weighing down the importance of the 'name' as he has her saying:
"What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."
At Enh̬eduanna Publishing we would add... It would smell sweet by any other name, but sweeter with Enh̬eduanna.
Enh̬eduanna was the priestess of the moon-god at Ur and she is acknowledged as history's first attested author, and not just history's first female author.
She is the reputed editor of the famous temple hymns of Enki's temple at Eridu and she influenced a generation of scribes. Her works were copied and read centuries after her death.
Her most celebrated poem is Nin-me-Šarra, a very difficult and challenging literary composition. This poem is an account of Enh̬eduanna's political difficulties and the miseries she suffered because of an individual called Lugal-ane and how she dealt with the whole affair from her exile.
Enh̬eduanna is generally thought to have been the daughter of the famous king, Sargon of Akkad, since she is referred to as the 'daughter of Sargon'. However, we now know this was more of a metaphorical term rather than a reference to a real blood affiliation.
Gwendolyn Leick, a scholar of Mesopotamian history, describes Enh̬eduanna as: "... an extraordinary woman... Brave and ready to defend herself... An able negotiator, a scholar and poet."
We are thus proud to be called after her namesake.