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The Literary Groong - 05/19/2007

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	By Levon Mirijanian

	Translated by Diana Der-Hovanessian

	If one is to die
	let it be lion-like
	fighting off death
	to death's last strike.

	If one is to live
	let it be the same way
	so that two million
	don't disappear in one day. 

Diana Der Hovanessian is a Fulbright professor of American literature
at Yerevan State University in 1994 and 1999, she is author of 23
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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