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Gilgamesh is Done

December 31, 2017 Leave a comment

RT thought he might never get to this moment, but at last he can say: Gilgamesh is done. All the 11 tablets and the envoi—all 3,900 lines—are complete, though some polishing remains. RT has begun assembling a master electronic file.

It is an amazing moment. When he wrote out the first stanza in October 2000, that’s right, more than 17 years ago, our author had no idea what he was getting into, or how much of himself he would invest in the enterprise. But then, Gilgamesh is one of the great portraits of the human condition—of our struggle, in the midst of a vast and inscrutable universe, for beauty and meaning. As the Ferryman tells Gilgamesh near the end of the epic:

Urshanabi addressed the king’s bitter remorse:

“Do not despair! For wisdom, the lion’s roar,

your heart’s divided genius, you have toiled.

The mouth of death is shut; it speaks no stay,

but out of the Deep Waters you bring your name,

a sign and wonder to all flesh bound by time.”


Much remains to be done, of course: start looking for the book on Lulu and Amazon in the summer, and RT is planning a 100-copy private printing, when he finds the money.

In the meantime, RT’s life has grown yet more complicated, but more of that in the next post. And if the author has one regret, it is that his mother is not here to share in the achievement with him. But then, there must be a reason…and certainly this is the happiest news for RT at year’s end.

Happy New Year!


Photo: Stela of UrNammu. WikiCmns, Public Domain. 



Extra! Extra! The Rag Tree Undergoing Construction!

File:Augustus Edwin Mulready A London Newsboy 1893.jpg

Yes, dear readers, The Rag Tree is indeed undergoing renovations. Here is a list of the improvements currently in hand:


1) RT’s page, tours, tours will include descriptions of each post.

2) RT has converted the page formerly devoted to his poetry collection, Amassunu, to a page on RT’s sister blog, Ampersand Press and its publications.

3) RT’s page The Line, will soon have more complete information on this fundamental unit of poetry.


and there will be more changes aimed at making The Rag Tree as user friendly and informative as possible.



Illustration: A London Newsboy (1893); Augustus Edwin Mulready. WikiCmns; Public Domain.

Ampersand Press

September 20, 2012 2 comments

Over the years, RT has dreamed of running a small press; no small feat, what with the cost of paper, distribution issues, marketing, and last but not least, production and printing. Of late, the e-publishing revolution on the net has taken care of many of these problems. And now, portions of Gilgamesh and A Daughter’s Song and Dance are very close to being print ready. And best of all, The Rag Tree itself is producing material that has print potential.

So, suppressing a small shiver of disbelief, RT announces the founding of Ampersand Press. The press currently has a WP blog and a Facebook page, and hopes to expand its net presence as opportunities crop up. The publications list is short right now, and AP is not accepting manuscripts until the three books currently awaiting publication are in print and on Kindle, but next year hopes to be reading new material.

RT is a bit breathless with it all, but in a good way. More updates to follow…    RT