The Bow and the Reed is a video recording of Nineb Lamassu reciting his entire new collection of Ekphrastic poems at the British Museum's 'I am Ashurbanipal' exhibition.
The video has been produced by Assyria TV and Assyrian Language and Culture Trust. It is free to download for all of our customers, it is our way of saying thank you for supporting our language and culture through buying our publications and supporting our writers.
These ekphrastic poems were written by Nineb Lamassu as part of British Museum's 'I am Ashurbanipal' exhibition. The poet wrote these poems during a number of visits to the exhibition and they were translated by Jamie Osborn. This collection is the first set of ekphtrastic poems to have been published in Assyrian and Nineb Lamassu's innovative ways of toying with his language feels like one is reading the tablets of an ancient Assyrian scribe: each poem is formed like a clay tablet, each tablet with a different shape, beauty and content.
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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.
This is the third edition of Nineb Lamassu's second collection, which is now published under the new title of '470'.
The first edition was published in Sydney Australia in 2013; in which the original Assyrian poems were translated into English and published in a single bound. The second edition was published at the same year in Nohadra, Iraq; this time the edition inluded the Arabic translation of the poems along with the original text and the English translations.
This third edition combines the original Assyrian poems together with their Arabic and English translations, along with a new preface and the addition of a new poem especirally for this third edition.
Thus making the collection in Assyrian, Arabic and English available for the first time oputside of Iraq.
This collection from Nineb Lamassu should be on the top of your 2016 reading list. Lamassu has established himself as a leading poet and an avant-garde of modernist Assyrian poetry.
In ths collection Lamassu experiments with the Modern Assyrian language and its poetic forms while breaking free from Modern Assyrian poetic conventions; much like a butterfly breaking free from its earlier cocooned self.
The collection is themed around the persecution of the Assyrian people and other persecuted people of the Middle East during the last one hundred years, with a special focus on the years 1915 to 2015.
In 2014, ISIS attacked a number of major Iraqi cities and captured the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh (modern day Mosul) and the largely Assyrian populated Nineveh Plains region. Shortly after, in 2015, ISIS also attacked Assyrian villages along the Khabour river in Syria, occupying these villages and capturing nearly three hundred Assyrian hostages, most of them women, children and the elderly. 2015 Also marked the centennial of the Assyrian genocide of 1915.
Thus, this collection focuses on the plight of the Assyrian people and other oppressed peoples in the Middle East during the last one hundred years.