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The Literary Groong - 08/14/2004

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	Gathering Wool

	By Shushan Avagyan

	Gathering Wool
	Installation by L. Bourgeois, 1990

	They feel safe here, behind these walls
	as they sit reminiscing, in silence -
	the seven of them, perched on antique rugs,
	saved from a Syrian desert. Wrinkles carve
	memories too atrocious.  

	Have they forgiven?  Nobody 
				       knows - 

	they are whispering, as if in a secret world
	telling each other stories of gathering wool 
	in the lost country of dreams and bread. 

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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