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“Neanderthal Bone Flute,” by Rose Kelleher

November 10, 2010

Yesterday’s poem by Heid E. Erdrich reminded me of this one, which serenades someone: one of the jut-chinned girls.

Apologies to any Slovenian who happens by and hears me mangle the name of the archaeological site where the flute was discovered, “Divje Babe.”  I couldn’t find a pronunciation online, so I reconstructed one using a phonetic alphabet on Wikipedia.  Maybe hearing a more mellifluous reconstruction will cleanse the palates of your ears?  Watch a reconstruction of the flute and listen to it being played, right here.

“Neanderthal Bone Flute,” by Rose Kelleher, was published in The Dark Horse #20.

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