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The Literary Groong - 09/27/2003

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	By Shushan Avagyan

	The leper - is on the loose,
	wears a mask beneath a mask,
	has slain the doe,
	eats away with blood-saliva
	dripping on the soil
	feeding on the roots,
	killing all the roots,
	the beast - a chimera
	suckles the flock with
	heinous milk, diseased
	with greed and avarice,
	will to power - the beast 
	is on the loose -
	who will feed the monster,
	who will mate and breed with it,
	who's gonna bear it in their wombs
	cancer-like, replicating, multiplying
	metastasizing into a deadly lock,
	who'll stay behind these tombs?

The poem is the author's campaign protesting the
violations of human rights and freedom of thought,
carried out against journalists in Armenia today.
These corrupt acts MUST STOP NOW!

Shushan Avagyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia.  She is currently
working on her master's degree in English Literature, and is a
recipient of the Dalkey Archive Press fellowship at the Illinois
State University.

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