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sovay ([personal profile] sovay) wrote2017-03-16 11:52 pm

If my path fills with darkness and there's no sign of light

My poem "On the Day When Dumuzi Comes Up" has been accepted by Mythic Delirium. It was written last August when I was living for a month at the Baystate on Mass Ave; I had a bad weekend, read some Akkadian I hadn't looked at in eleven years, wrote a poem drawing on Ištar's Descent to the Underworld (as well as a sex charm and a hangover cure) while thinking about the friend who taught me the language. Learned later that same day that they had just had a stroke. Am very happy to report these days that they aten't dead (and I owe them e-mail), but the timing was unsettling. I was writing about the Anunnaki, not asking them to drop by. In any case, the poem has a home.
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[personal profile] yhlee 2017-03-17 04:11 am (UTC)(link)
Yay poem!

I'm glad your friend is well.

[identity profile] gwynnega.livejournal.com 2017-03-17 04:15 am (UTC)(link)
That timing is unsettling, all right. But congratulations on the poetry sale!

[identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com 2017-03-17 05:53 am (UTC)(link)
But congratulations on the poetry sale!

Thank you!

[identity profile] steepholm.livejournal.com 2017-03-17 07:17 am (UTC)(link)
Congratulations! I didn't know you read Akkadian. Does one do that in cuneiform, or is it generally transliterated?

[identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com 2017-03-17 07:29 am (UTC)(link)
Congratulations! I didn't know you read Akkadian. Does one do that in cuneiform, or is it generally transliterated?

Thank you!

Most of the texts that I worked with were transliterations, but we were taught to read the Neo-Assyrian forms of the signs. (I had some very small familiarity with older Babylonian forms, but not so as I could do anything with them at this point except distinguish them by sight.) I don't know how many signs I had memorized at my best. After more than ten years of disuse, I have what feels like a very small1111111111* handful of leftover recognition of signs, employed almost strictly when in the Near Eastern wings of museums or really randomly online (http://nineweaving.livejournal.com/426842.html?thread=5117018#t5117018); I'm not sure I can generate any except the simplest from memory. I retain much more of the grammar and morphology and a random assortment of vocabulary that my brain tends to hand me when I'm trying to come up with Hebrew. The rest of this paragraph had a terminal case of Tiny Wittgenstein and had to be shown the door.

* Autolycus thought that adjective needed emphasis.
Edited 2017-03-17 07:31 (UTC)

[identity profile] wordsofastory.livejournal.com 2017-03-17 05:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations! And man, what timing.

[identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com 2017-03-17 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Congratulations! And man, what timing.

Thank you!

It was really weird.

[identity profile] schreibergasse.livejournal.com 2017-03-17 06:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! Though they should really publish it in Summer. It is such a summer poem.

[identity profile] sovay.livejournal.com 2017-03-17 08:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay! Though they should really publish it in Summer. It is such a summer poem.

It may yet be published in summer! I don't know how far ahead Mike has finalized issues.
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[personal profile] alexxkay 2017-03-18 02:13 am (UTC)(link)
Not a Sumer poem?