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Anne Sheldon


The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor: A Narrative Poem

Conversation Pieces: Book 6

Anne Sheldon

The Adventures of the Faithful Counselor relates a series of poetic narratives about the ancient gods Inanna and Gilgamesh from the point of view of Inanna's lover and sidekick, Ninshibur, the Faithful Counselor. As a storyteller, Sheldon performed "Inanna and the God of Wisdom" based on Diane Wolkstein and S.N. Kramer's translation of the 2nd century BCE cuneiform tablets. After telling the story for a few years, Sheldon began to feel the lack of a point of view that is missing from the traditional story--that of Ninshibur, Inanna's Faithful Counselor.

The Bone Spindle

Conversation Pieces: Book 30

Anne Sheldon

Anne Sheldon's heroines have lowered eyes and seditious smiles. They are people of folklore and fairy tales: Penelope, the Crane Maiden, the Fates. Her heroes are outsiders in their own stories--Rumplestiltskin and Arachne's father.

These fourteen story-poems and stories focus on the work that women do with spinning wheel, spindle, and knitting needles. They are accompanied by evocative images of these instruments and the cloth they yield

In addition to reworking well-known fairy tales, she has several shining tales of her own making. Under the fluid sign of danger and domesticity--Anne Sheldon explores earthly and ethereal regions of the feminine.

Table of Contents:

  • The Knitters of Paris
  • The Fates at Work
  • The Thirteenth Fairy
  • Spider Yarn
  • The Story of Arachne
  • A Passing Good Woman
  • The Horned Women of Slievenamon
  • Rumpelstiltskin Laments
  • The Girl with Twelve Brothers
  • An Apocryphal Legend
  • Dream from My Mother's House
  • Household Needles
  • The Crane Maiden
  • Penelope at Night
  • Bachelorae Antiquae
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden
  • The Art of Fiber

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