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The Literary Groong - 12/30/2006

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	by Diana Der-Hovanessian         

	(Twelfth Century Armenian Miniature)

	Turning her body away
	from the angel she almost 
	closes her book. One hand
	holds her collar tightly to
	her throat . Part reluctant,
	part afraid, she cannot help
	looking at the branch 
	in the angel's hand
	about to bloom, flowering
	with the word made flesh,     
	mystery made truth,
	and God  made ours, blossoming
	as she will with the seasons
	that will never be the same,
	as every woman knows. 

	from Songs of Bread, Songs of Salt, Ashod Press 

Diana Der Hovanessian is a Fulbright professor of American literature
at Yerevan State University in 1994 and 1999, she is author of 17
books and has published in American Scholar, Poetry, Harvard Review,
Nation, Paris Review, New Republic, and her poetry is regularly
published in the Christian Science Monitor. She has awards from the
Columbia Translation Center, P.E.N., Writers Union of America, and the
Writers Union of Armenia.

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