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The Literary Groong - 12/31/2005

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	By Shushan Avagyan

	Installation by L. Bourgeois, 1989

	Like two commas 
				       that cut
	a flight of words into halves
	these, too, are fat and slow
		      guarding the stairwell 
	with their Sphinx eyes
	wrinkled in stagnation
		 there is no exit for them.
	But you still can whisk through
				  to the stairs

	hidden so well behind the screen,
	first, train your feet 
					and then
	grow a feather with each step.

Note: This poem appeared in The Spoon River Poetry Review,
      Winter/Spring 2005. 

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

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