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The Literary Groong - 09/29/2007

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	By Shushanik Kurghinian
	Translated by Knarik O. Meneshian

	To live, one must give completely--
	Strength, joy, fervor, and youth,
	Have no fear of pain, hold back tears,
	Forget smiles, love, and compassion.

	To live, one must defy death.
	What joy not to grow old!
	Time plays a joke in vain,
	And defeated, it passes you by unnoticed.

	Instead of walking, take flight--falling matters not,
	For he who falls from up high does not stay down.
	Let your soul grow strong on the anvil of pain,
	Unhindered--in order to live.

Shushanik Kurghinian (1876-1927) lived in Armenia and Russia, and is
famous for her proletarian and feminist poetry. Her first volume of
poems got published in 1907, in Nor Nakhichevan. She has been widely
censored by the Czarist and Marxist editors, and a large portion of
her writings has never been published. An archive of her works is kept
at the Museum of Art and Literature in Yerevan.  Bibliography:
Kurghinian, Shushanik.  Poems. Ed. J. Mirzabekian. Yerevan: Hayastan
Publishing, 1971.

Knarik O. Meneshian was born in Austria. Her father was Armenian from
Armenia and her mother was Austrian from Austria. A writer and
teacher, she is married and lives in Glenview, Illinois with her
family.  In 1991, Knarik taught English in the village of Jrashen
(Spitak Region), Armenia. In 2002-2003, she and her husband lived in
Armenia for a year as volunteers and taught English and Computers in
Gyumri and Tsaghgadzor. Her various works have been published in
American and Armenian publications.  She has authored a book of poems
titled Reflections, and translated from Armenian to English Reverend
D. Antreassian's book titled The Banishment of Zeitoun and Suedia's

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