From the Great Above She Opened Her Ear to the Great Below

by Tim Lilburn


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In this collaboration, which can be viewed as two visions in dialogue, Shantz and Lilburn each focus on the story of the Sumerian goddess Inanna, who descends from her throne in heaven to the underworld. After being killed there by her sister, Inanna is reborn to return transformed, with her adornments no longer external but “formed by the scars of her healed wounds” (Shantz), a new Inanna who is also “a new physics” (Lilburn). By dramatizing the myth of the female dying-and-rising divinity in Lilburn’s poetic sequence and a series of colour photographs of Shantz’s room-sized constructions, the book offers us all access to the roots of feminine power in our lives.


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About the Author

TIM LILBURN is the author of seven previous books of poetry, including To the River, Kill-site, and Orphic Politics. His work has received the Governor General's Award and the Saskatchewan Book of the Year Award, among other prizes. Lilburn is also the author of two essay collections, Living in the World as if It Were…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 0919626394
  • ISBN-13: 9780919626393
  • Pages: 48
  • Year: 1991
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.75 x 0.13 in
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    Detail of Door III, Inanna's Descent: From The Great Above She Opened Her Ear To The Great Below by Susan Shantz

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