Monday, September 19, 2022

POETRY INTERNATIONAL - 25th Anniversary Edition



We are thrilled to share that the issue is out, containing a portfolio of contemporary Armenian poets from around the world.

We would love to encourage PI by asking that you purchase copies of this 25th anniversary issue for yourself and your family/Friends, the link is:
https://www.poetryinternationalonline.com/25th-anniversary-issue-table-of-contents/?fbclid=IwAR1thUOYvb0IZopy2Xzu0i5RDgHlBT-6pU4dfAhRBBvhkW80oXbLNOSLac8


Contemporary Poets of the Armenian Diaspora,
edited by ARTHUR KAYZAKIAN & LOLA KOUNDAKJIAN

VAHÉ GODEL, The Law of Numbers/La Loi Des Nombres
SONA VAN, Before the Magi Had Even Reached Bethlehem/ԵՐԲ ՄՈԳԵՐԸ ԴԵՌ ՉԷԻՆ ՀԱՍԵԼ ԲԵԹՂԵՀԵՄ
ANA ARZOUMANIAN, No Lyricism/Nada de Lirismo
ARAM SAROYAN, Saroyan & Minasian
GREGORY DJANIKIAN, Even for the Briefest Moment
ARMEN DAVOUDIAN, Exodus
NORA BAROUDJIAN, On Stage/ԲԵՄԻ ՎՐԱՅ
PETER BALAKIAN, What’s Up
NORA NADJARIAN, Carousel


Many thanks, 

Lola and Arthur (guest editors)

Monday, June 27, 2022

Սիամանթո։ Ափ մը մոխիր՝ Հայրենի տուն

ԱԿՆԱՅ ՅԻՇԱՏԱԿԻՆ


Ա

Աւա՜ղ, ապարանքի մը պէս մեծ էիր եւ շքեղ,
Ու ես երդիքներուդ սպիտակ կատարէն,
Աստղածորան գիշերներու յոյսին հետ,
Վարէն, ահեղավազ Եփրատին կ'ունկնդրէի...։

Բ

Արցունքո՜վ, արցունքո՜վ լսեցի որ աւերակ առ աւերակ,
Քու լայնանիստ պատերդ իրարու վրայ կործանեցին,
Սարսափի օր մը, կոտորածի օր մը, օր մը արիւնի...
Զքեզ եզերող պարտէզիդ ծաղկըներուն վրայ։

Գ

Ու մոխրացա՜ւ այն սենեակը կապոյտ,
Որուն որմերուն ետեւ եւ գորգերուն վրայ,
Իմ երջանիկ մանկութիւնս կը հրճուէր,
Եւ կեանքս կ'աճէր եւ հոգիս իր թեւերը կ'առնէր...

Դ

Փշրեցա՞ւ, ուրե՛մն, այն հայելին ոսկեծիր,
Որուն եթերային խորութեանը մէջ,
Երազներս, յոյսերս, սէրերս եւ կամքս կարմիր,
Տարիներով, մտածումիս հետ, ցոլացին...

Ե

Ու բակին մէջ երգող աղբիւրը մեռա՞ւ,
Ու կոտրտեցա՞ն պարտէզիս ուռին եւ թթենին.
Եւ այն առուակը որ ծառերուն մէջէն կը հոսէր,
Ցամքեցա՞ւ, ըսէ՛, ո՞ւր է, ցամքեցա՞ւ, ցամքեցա՞ւ...

Զ

Օ՜, այն վանդակին կ'երազեմ յաճախ,
Որուն մէջ գորշագոյն կաքաւս, առաւօտուն,
Արեւածագին հետ եւ վարդի թուփերուն դիմաց,
Զարթումի Ժամուս ՝ յստակօրէն կը կարկրչէր...։

Է

Հայրենի՜ տուն, հաւատա՜ որ մահէս յետոյ
Քու աւերակներուդ սեւին վրայ՝ իմ հոգիս,
Պիտի գայ, որպէս տատրակ մը տարագիր,
Իր դԺբախտի երգն ու արցունքը լալու...

Ը

Բայց ո՜վ պիտի բերէ, ո՜վ պիտի բերէ, ըսէ՛,
Քու սրբազան մոխիրէդ ափ մը մոխիր,
Մահուանս օրը, իմ տրտում դագաղիս մէջ՝
Հայրենիքս երգողի իմ աճիւնին խառնելու...։

Թ

Ափ մը մոխի՜ր աճիւնիս հետ, Հայրենի տուն,
Ափ մը մոխի՜ր քու մոխիրէդ, ո՞վ պիտի բերէ,
Քու յիշատակէդ, քու ցաւէդ, քու անցեալէդ,
Ափ մը մոխիր... իմ սրտիս վրան ցանելու...։










Sunday, June 26, 2022

Nueva York Poetry Review launches a series of translated poems by Armenian authors

 Nueva York Poetry Review, established in New York and led by Marisa Russo, just launched a curated series of poems by Armenian authors translated into Spanish.


The inaugural poet is LA based Shahé Mankerian. His poems may be accessed here


APP welcomes this collaboration, with many thanks to the editorial team and the translators. 



Լօլա Գունտաքճեան/Lola Koundakjian
Curator and Producer,
ArmenianPoetryProject[at]gmail[dom]com





Thursday, April 28, 2022

Aida Zilelian: Arshile


PictureLast Painting (The Black Monk), by Arshile Gorky (USA, b.Vilayet of Van, Armenia, Ottoman Empire) 1948. Oil on canvas. 78.6 x 101.5 cm, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Inv. no. 564 (1978.72)

Arshile jan[1],
if we had been friends
I would have smoked cigarettes with you
until my throat was raw and made you listen
to Billie Holiday (did you know “Strange Fruit”?) while
nursing vodka (I would have hated but conceded to) just for you.
I read you loved vodka.

Arshile,
you could have rung my apartment bell
at any hour of the night
and I would have let you in, cradled your face in my hands,
consumed by your wild, vacant eyes
and said nothing.

Love could not transcend the
shadow of ghosts that claimed you long before you escaped,
fled the shores of Lake Van,
your mother’s bosom cold from death –
a body that could no longer soak up your child tears.
This is not why I love you.

Arshile,
I would never have been so star-struck
that your death could have surprised me,
but I would never have forgiven myself
for not deciphering the suicide note
in the slants of your abstractions
and unsettling hues of teal, magenta,
annihilated by frenzied strokes of black.[2]
They incriminate you but,
I would not have seen.

All I know is that your face,
your dark moustache, the grace of your troubled eyes and swept back hair
leave me to think that I could not have saved you, and
loved you nonetheless.

Aida Zilelian



[1] An abbreviation of the Armenian word ‘janig’ (a term of endearment – i.e. darling, love
[2] Arshile Gorky’s last painting, Last Painting (The Black Monk) 1948


Aida Zilelian is a first generation American-Armenian writer and educator from Queens, NY. Her fiction explores the depths of love and family relationships, culture and the connections between characters that transcend time and circumstance. Her first novel (unpublished) The Hollowing Moon, was one of the top three finalists of the Anderbo Novel Contest. The sequel The Legacy of Lost Things was published in 2015 (Bleeding Heart Publications) and was the recipient of the 2014 Tölölyan Literary Award. Aida has been featured on NPR, The Huffington Post, Kirkus Reviews, Poets & Writers, the New York Times, and various reading series throughout Queens and Manhattan. Her short story collection These Hills Were Meant for You was shortlisted for the 2018 Katherine Anne Porter Award.

Originally published in The Ekphrasic Review

Monday, April 25, 2022

Գիրք մը - հեղինակ մը՝ Զահրատ ԲԱՐԻ ԵՐԿԻՆՔ

Չար բաներ


Գացէք ըսէք չար բաներուն որ չըլլան
Որ չըլլայ թէ պատահին
Կամ երբ ըլլան հեռու մնան մեր այս պզտիկ աշխարհէն
Համն ու հոտը խաթարելու չհասնին

Չար բաներուն բարև ըսէք մեր կողմէն

Ըսէք գիտենք թէ անոնք կան ու միշտ կրնան պատահիլ
Ըսէք գիտենք թէ կրնան
Օր ցերեկով մութ գիշերով յանկարծակի գալ մեզի

Բայց դուք ըսէք չար բաներուն որ չըլլան
Որ չըլլայ թէ պատահին
Կամ երբ ըլլան հեռու մնան մեր այս պզտիկ աշխարհէն

Քանի որ դուք չէք գիտեր ինչ
Քանի անոնք չեն գիտեր ինչ
Սէր ու սիրով
— Մերթ կենսուրախ — շաղ ու շողով
— Մերթ յուսաբեկ—ահ ու դողով —
Շիւղ շիւղի

Շիներ ենք մենք մեր աշխարհը լոյս օրերու հիւրընկալ —
—Պզտիկ աշխարհ մը որ հազիւ հազ կրցեր է պարտկել
Մեր պզտիկ կեանքն ու մեր անդորրը ջերմիկ—

Այս բոլորը գացէք ըսէք չար բաներուն — և ըսէք
Որ չըլլայ թէ պատահին —
Երբ պատահին հեռու մնան մեր այս տաքուկ երդիկէն
Համն ու հոտը խաթարելու չհասնին


Զահրատ «Բարի Երկինք», Իսթանպուլ 1971




Saturday, April 23, 2022

ԱՇՈՒՂ ՇԵՐԱՄ։ ՊԱՐՏԷԶՈՒՄ ՎԱՐԴԵՐ ԲԱՑՈՒԱԾ

Click here to hear the song


Պարտէզում վարդեր բացուած`
Կը սպասեն սոխակի,
Առանց սոխակ թառամած,
Կարօտ են պսակի:
Արդեօք ո՞վ է, դուռն է թակում,
Ա՛խ սիրտս կը դողայ,
Իմ սիրուհիս, ո՞ւր է գնում,
Ա՛խ, սիրտս կը խաղայ:
Գետակի ալիքները
Գնում են խայտալով,
Սիրահարի աչերից
Արտասուք թափելով:
Սիրուհին տանը նստած`
Սպասում է եարին,
Քնարը ձեռքին բռնած
Նուագում լալագին:
Թիթեռը ճրագի մօտ
Շրջում է անդադար,
Մինչ իր վերջ սիրակարօտ
Չունի նա օր, դադար:
Սիրուհին տանը նստած`
Գրում է նամակներ,
Խիստ տրտում կ'անցկացնէ
Իր գեղեցիկ օրեր:




ԱՇՈՒՂ ՇԵՐԱՄ




Sheram (born Grigor Talian, 20 March 1857, Alexandropol – died 7 March 1938, Yerevan) was an Armenian composer, poet-musician (gusan), and folk musician (ashug).



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Our inspirations: Daniel Varoujan 20 April 1884 – 26 August 1915 and his spouse Araksi, circa 1913



















We honor his memory on his birthday. Varoujan perished during the Armenian Genocide. 


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Theadora Siranian: Belle Reprieve

In upstate New York you wake
every morning to a field blue with frost.

Every day is perfected: not a blade of grass moves.
This is the world you need; we always knew this.

Even in that January, endless month,
cutting through the air a gyre of possibilities,

touchless. Huddled together in empty
store doorfronts, such tender animals,

feather and oil, pinions holding palms to mouths,
whispering secrets the wind ripped away,

fragile words flung into the well of winter.

A nanosecond’s grace unraveling, just another
tiny spool of thread lost to the universe,

bodies breaking against air sharp
enough to crack skin, and even now,

in the recesses, the locked corridors
of admission, it still exists: the endurance of the desire

to know nothing better than the shape of your face.


Originally published in Amethyst Arsenic, Winter 2014

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Theadora Siranian: Pepper’s Ghost

Before night swarms across the sky—brief slash
of winter citrus at the horizon, then evicted
by darkness. I’m in love again with the idea

of being beautiful, spying my mirrored self
in the dusky half-light. As if only at day’s end
may I be content with my own physicality.

But what I see darts past, sidles in and out,
is vague, porous, not to be trusted. In sleep
I find an egg cratered as the moon floating

in my palm. Obsidian carapace hovering,
murmuring, cracking open to reveal a yolk black
and dense as an animal’s pupil. Limitless

universe, starless galaxy. Midmornings as
a child I watched my mother pray, crouching
in the bedroom doorway, myself supplicant.

Other language, other voice, her face bathed
in tears. Her words like slivered grafts of light
spilling into her steepled hands. The earth

pushing itself round with ancient, fatal patience.
The day swelling, the cicadas beginning
their metal-thresh hum. Always inexplicable:

the cheap plastic statue of the Virgin
on the nightstand—how she kept her face
placid while the arch of one foot remained

planted firmly on the snake’s back. Once,
a neighbor set her house on fire, running
toward us across the field cradling a honey

jar filled with bees, the flames behind her
framing her hair like a halo. I hear
the nothing whisper, palpable as the blood

moving beneath my skin. I break the egg,
lean forward, openmouthed. I am godless.




Originally published in Chicago Quarterly Review (Vol. 27, 2018)

Monday, March 21, 2022

Theadora Siranian: The Unguarded


for A.B.


Even in sleep, past the road’s soft shoulder,
you are the dark circus tent sitting at the edge

of town, your memory emitting whispered
threats into the landscape. In the stumbling

dark I design highway markers: this is the night,
the early morning, the moon a thin wafer of light.

This is my skin slick with the sweat of dreams,
the exertion of finding my way back to the body.

Athena was hammered from the head of Zeus,
sprang battleborn and screaming. Before

there was conflict, there was the anticipation
of violence. You are the ghost, the penny dropped

down into the dry well. Lying awake I see
you, bent toward the counter, whittling away

at your teeth with the blade of a kitchen knife
and a glass of bourbon. Determined sufferer,

unlucky caulbearer. The stars are wounds
carved from the sky, interminable, accusing.

We weren’t always such poison. Once, we were
as if lovers, closer than lovers, closer than sex,

each scar and ritual of the other better memorized
than the folds of a spouse’s body. What they call

abandonment was escape—our own design. We’d been
planning it for years. Temptation made the sky throb.

Our parents’ violence may have become our own
but we cast ourselves into the darkness. In truth,

we never planned on finding our way back from
the forest. Some myths say Athena had a sibling

or friend, Pallas, whom she accidentally killed.

Heartbroken, Athena took her name.

In some they were opponents in battle.



Originally published in Meridian, Issue 39, 2017




Sunday, March 20, 2022

Theadora Siranian: Fata Morgana

I.

Two nights ago I dreamt you were dead. You, dead for months.
All this time I had been talking to a ghost, face pressed

to the telephone, imagining you doing the same while staring
at a close horizon of snowslashed mountains.

I drift past sheets of blue ice and what we called civilization.
Nothing is left but broken concrete and trees.

Everything an armature of itself and the world silence.

I slip beneath, the water is cold. Toward the sea.

II.

I disinherit myself again and again so that when it’s time to become
nothing I will be ready. There is a bend, always

a bend and always a bridge, weeping, always, when I pass beneath.

Last week I discovered a phrase: anticipatory grief.
An entire category devoted to what I’d always known as waiting.

Abject, brutally finite and yet limitless, waiting.
Hunger without the appetite, without the desire.

If you died tomorrow I would die tomorrow.

The moon is a wafer of barren light in the river.

Anything pressed too far becomes a sin. Toward the sea.

The naked trees are bruises hammered into the sky.
Somehow I know they love me, somehow I know they don’t care.

III.

When I arrived the beach was washed away. The river ran uphill.

Along the ridgeline there is a red horse that can’t stop running.

Even untethered it runs red against the red sun as though trapped
against the sky, back and forth, wildly.

I dreamt you were alive. I dreamt you were unbroken.

Beside the sun burn the stars, glowing embers of paperweight
balloons floating, soaring. Only birds, gliding white

against white turned golden, slowly.

Their wings are burning, or, the sky is a cinder.

The sky a cinder a cinder a cinder and my mouth pressed to the atmosphere

a flame.

I woke and I was the ghost and it was true, all of it.



Originally published in Poetry Northwest, Vol. XIII, 2019

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Introducting Theadora Siranian




















Theadora Siranian is a poet and teacher currently living in Kazakhstan. Her poetry has appeared in Best New Poets, Ghost City Press, and Atticus Review, among others. In 2014, she was shortlisted for both the Mississippi Review Prize and Southword’s Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. In 2019, Theadora received the Emerging Woman Poet Honor from Small Orange Journal. Her chapbook, She, was released by Seven Kitchens Press in May 2021. More of her work can be found at theadorasiranian.com.


Less the Rescue

The year I tried to trick grief
we stood in the airport
parking garage, smoking

cigarettes and staring at one
another, grief finally kissing 
me firmly on the mouth

before smiling knowingly
and heading for the stairwell.
In truth, it was the years

of waiting that kept me going,
M. warning me over 
the telephone as I stood naked, 

staring into a motel mirror:
beware the void, the void.
But that was only one of my

lives—each more lovely
and vicious than the previous,
each earth turning on its axis

adamantine, the standing waves
of endless oceans offering gifts 
below you must be willing

to drown to discover, wreckers
waiting at the shoreline for
the moment you lose your footing.

In one life I lost my freedom
to a man in a tent
staked to a barren hillside,

his fingers finding my hair
in the morning to toss me toward
his waiting truck.

In another I had sisters, three,
and each told a different
story of our conception.

The first claimed our mother loved
a bull, the second that our father
was a hypnotist who tricked

fairgoers into sex involving blood
rituals with the snake charmer’s 
python. The third sister told me

her version while I slept, and I can 
return to it only in dreams. Then,
a woman wearing a wedding 

dress makes love to me
in the grey dishwater waves
of some cold, abandoned shore.

Here, then, I know I’m not 
mad, to be so divided, to love
and loathe in equal parts like some 

ever-bending switch in the wind. 
She stands soaking and bedraggled
beneath the ferrous sky, no longer

looking at me, and walks away 
down the beach. I watch her go, slip
a stone under my tongue, a token

to ferry between this world and the waking.


Originally published in South Dakota Review, Fall 2019

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Rescheduled: Book launch and reading


 

Book Release and Poetry Reading with book signing and reception in-person 

for History of Forgetfulness by Shahé Mankerian

(Fly on the Wall Press, 2021)


Thursday, March 10th, 2022 at 7:00pm ET

Guild Hall | Armenian Diocese

630 2nd Ave, New York, NY



PLEASE NOTE: All attendees must provide proof of COVID vaccination

Readings by the author and NY area writers and scholars:
Nancy Agabian, Christopher Atamian,
Alina Gregorian, Alan Semerdjian,
Alina Gharabegian & Lola Koundakjian

Shahé Mankerian releases his critically-acclaimed debut collection, taking readers back to 1975 Beirut, where an un-civil war is brewing. 
Mankerian asks, “Who said war didn’t love / the children?” setting the tone for a darkly humorous collection in which memories of love, religion and childhood are entangled amongst street snipers and the confusion of misguided bombings.



For more information contact Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 2nd Avenue | New York, NY 10016-4885
zohrabcenter@armeniandiocese.org
www.zohrabcenter.org

Monday, February 21, 2022

Melanie Tafesjian: Three poems from the LA Review

 The Journalist 

 

At the bar you read Lolita alone, 

charm me with talk of Foucault and Bikini Kill,

I haven’t seen a man read a book in months. 

Later, I soak in the ceramic tub

at your apartment rental, 

overlooking the sea, the black night air

thick with salt, jasmine.  

 

The next day at the beach, I order mussels,

suck their little bodies free, purple shells

rattling in a tin. You insist on pizza,

your pink neck brightening under the sun. 

When the bill comes you claim 

they ripped you off, those boys 

smoking cigarettes behind the kitchen, 

laughing at the lanky Englishman, scuffing 

their feet on the sandy tile floor. 

 

Of course, you’d prefer a local girl, 

to roll you fresh byrek, 

stir pots of beans on the stove, 

but you won’t stay long enough for that. Anyway,

the men here intimidate you, with their round bellies 

and oiled skin, their chest hairs curling 

into the sun. I tire of you, but stay

to buy grapes and plums 

from an old woman, who winks,

reminds me to marry an Albanian. 

She weighs our fruit. 

I tell you we got a good deal. 

We chew meat from pits, 

watch the sunset. 

 

Soon you’ll be back home

clacking your Mac keys for the online travel journal, 

saying, what a quaint and affordable beach.

The locals were so kind.

 

 

 

The Gift 

 

What I remember most is the way 

…………….you could peel a cucumber 

…………………………..in one strand, the dark green

 

ribbon floating to grass at your feet. 

…………….The fire smoldered— ready for meat. The pale

    …………………………..pile of cucumbers grew. You sliced one,

 

presented it on the knife tip,

…………….nodded toward the white cheese. 

…………………………..Bare grape vines knotted above us, in the dark

 

garden. A black coat edged 

…………….my shoulders, like a grandmother’s. The moon

…………………………..a milk scone, creak of the blue iron gate, you 

 

with plastic bottles of raki— fire liquor. 

…………….Near the stream where bagged kittens 

…………………………..were thrown to drown, your tight jaw—  

 

what comes from losing a father young. The bottles 

…………….crackled under the clutch of nervous hands. You didn’t

…………………………..try to touch me— held the liquor 

 

out front of your chest, instructed, 

 

…………….Pour the raki in a saucepan. 

…………….Over the steam breathe deep, 

…………….burn everything away.

 

That night, in the house, I did as you told me, pulled 

…………….muslin— made a tent of hot breath. Liquid dripped

…………………………..from my eyelashes, rippled in the pan. Steam clouded

 

my vision. I was ill— you cared.

…………….Later you undid me, peeled the jeans

…………………………..from my hips, by morning you had split 

 

a stack of oak for the fire, swept 

…………….every web from the floors.


 

The Harbor

 

A photo. You on the edge of a ferry. A message.

The police are waiting for me. You were a boy once

emerging from the river, flicking water 

from the ends of your hair. Girls falling in love

around you. Did you make it to London? 

Does that smile work there? Today, in Albania,

your mother— cut out by grief— knits doilies. The evening

news blares on. She slips a splash of sambuca in her tea. 

I remember when you brought us to the cafe

with the caged bears. Those giant mammals above us, 

their faces like sad dogs. I believe if I write about you,

I will never lose you. There was the time you knelt 

before me in the shower, a mouthful of ocean,

two boats knocking in the harbor. 

 

Melanie Tafejian is a writer and educator living in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Raleigh Review, Willow Springs, Asheville Poetry Review, and The Kenyon Review.

Published 2 August 2021 in The Los Angeles Review

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

World Poetry Day 2022 Triangulation Project to include Armenian poets and musicians

























SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Mar 5
UK: Ian Griffiths Ivor Murrell Alex Davis; musician TBA
COLOMBIA/SA: Carolina Zamudio Tallulah Flores Prieto Manuel Iris ; musician Medina
NYC: Joe Roarty Robert Gibbons Dorothy Cantwell ; musician Thomas Vincent Santoriello
comperes Ian Griffiths , Maria María Del Castillo Sucerquia
fb livestream by Walt Whitman Birthplace

Mar 6
BULGARIA; Anton Baev Elka Dimitrova ; Ivan Hristo (poet / musician)
GEORGIA: Shota Iatashvili Paata Shamugia; musician Erekle Deisadze
NYC Billy Cancel Patricia Carragon Chatham Grey; musician Ptr Kozlowski
comperes Anton Baev , Shota Iatashvili
fb livestream by Great Weather for Media

Mar 12
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY: Octavio Quintanilla Edward Vidaurreire’ne lara silva; musician Ray Perez
KOREA: Hack Hee Kang Park Dukkyu Hanyong Jeong , musician Young Ok Hwang
NYC: Mike Jurkovic Kofi Kofi Fosu Forson Marc Ellot Marc Eliot Stein ; musician Alan Semerdjian
comperes Octavio Quintanilla , Tanya Ko Hong
fb livestream by Calling All Poets

Mar 13
PIACENZA: Antje Stehn Viviana Fiorentino Mauro Ferrari; musician Betty Gilmore and Il principio attivo (plus Sabrina De Canio , Piccolo Museo della Poesia Chiesa di San Cristoforo, Piacenza)
ARMENIA: Lola Koundakjian Nora Nadjarian Arthur Kayzakian; musician Aram Bajakian
NYC: Don Krieger Karen Neuberg Francine Witte ; musician Tom Gould ( Bossa Nova Beatniks)
comperes: Antje Stehn , Lola Koundakjian
fb livestream by Cultivating Voices Live Poetry

Mar 19
ROME: Lucilla Trapazzo Mara Venuto Alessandra Corbetta; musician Ermanno Dodaro
BUCHAREST: Mircea Dan Duta Shurouk Hammoud (SY) Masud Uzaman (BD); musician TBD
NYC: Matthew Hupert Anthony Policano Ngoma Hill ; musician Rick Eckerle
comperes Lucilla Trapazzo , Mircea Dan Duta
fb livestream by NeuroNautic Institute

Mar 20
BOLTON: Melanie Neads Emily Cook Dr Ben Wilkinson; musician Nat Clare
CHENNAI: Srilata Krishnan Poornima Laxmeshwar Hema Praveen; musician The Coconut Milk Project
NYC: Zev Torres Howie Faerstein Cindy Hochman; musician Didi Champagne
comperes Dave Morgan , Sriram Gokul (Sriramgokul Chinnasamy)
fb livestream by Live from Worktown

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Զահրատ: Հրանդ Տինքին

Աղաւնիները համոզեցին, ըսին որ իրենց վրայ

չեն կրակեր. Հրանդ հաւատաց։ Թէպէտ երկչոտ՝

հաւատաց թէ աղաւնի մըն է։

Բայց կրակեցին։

Նախատեսած էր, մէկ քանի տարի առաջ ըսած էր ինծի.

«Իմ մահը պիտի ըլլայ ոտքի վրայ՝ կանգնած, ոչ թէ պառկած՝

անկողինի մէջ»։




Թող պառկի լոյսերու մէջ։

Եթէ մեզի հարցնէք, ան միշտ յաղթական պիտի կանգնի՝

անաղարտ արձանի մը պէս։




- «Հրանդ Տինքին», Զահրատ


The doves swayed him,
        saying no one fires on them


Hrant believed them.
        Although timid:


He believed
        he was a dove.


But they
        shot him


He had foreseen it,
        he told me a few years ago,


"My death will be on my feet, standing up, not lying down
        in bed. "


May he rest in light.


        If you ask us, he will always stand victorious:


            like an immaculate statue.






Zahrad“To Hrant Dink", translated by Lola Koundakjian


Saturday, January 15, 2022

Hamazkayin Canada presents a reading

HAMAZKAYIN Canada presents

a bilingual reading of Daniel Varoujan's 


SONG OF THE BREAD

with a new translation by Tatul Sonentz-Papazian

SUNDAY, November 21, 2021 at 2:00PM EST


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Sunday, January 09, 2022

Լեւոն-Զաւէն Սիւրմելեան։ Ասացուածք ծառ տնկելու մասին

Տէր, օրհնէ՛ ծառն այս մատղաշ։ Ես կը տնկեմ զայն ահա
Փխրուն եւ սեւ հողին մէջ ուր պապերըս կը պառկին.
Ես՝ անոնց թոռը հսկայ, այս հողին տէրն եմ կրկին,
Ու արեւուն տակ կ՚աճիմ՝ անունն իրենց շուրթիս վրայ…։


Պիտի բանայ ծառն այս մեծ իր բազուկներն ու հոգին,
Գրկած իր մէջ պապերուս արեւոտ շունչը անմահ.
Տէ՛ր, միսմինակ, նազելի, այս ծառն աղօթք մը ըլլա՜յ
Ու փաթթըւիլ իր մարմնոյն գան սիրողները գիւղին…։


Էրկաթագիր պատութիւնն այս մըտերիմ հողերուն
Աչքիս արցունք կը բերէ… Փառք ու մեռել շատ ունի
Երկիրն իմ հին, ալեւոր՝ որուն ես թոռն եմ վայրի,
Խոկումներով բեղմնաւոր, երազներով օրօրուն…:


…Մեռելներուս իբրեւ խաչ՝ ես այս ծառը տնկեցի…:



Լեւոն-Զաւէն Սիւրմելեան 1905-1995


























Thoughts on Planting a Tree


By Levon Zaven Surmelian

Lord, bless this sapling. Look, I am planting it
In the crumbly and black soil where my ancestors lie;
I, their hulking descendent, possess this land again,
And grow and flourish under the sun, with their names on my lips.

This tree shall stretch open its great arms and soul,
Cradling the undying, sunlit breath of my forebearers;
Lord, let this lone, graceful tree be a prayer,
And let those, who hold their hamlet dear, come and hug its trunk.

The narrative of these cherished grounds, writ in ancient, majuscule script,
Brings a tear to my eye… This ancient, hoary land of mine
Has many dead and glory aplenty, and me as its wild offspring,
With fertile ponderings and swaying dreams.

As a cross for my dead departed, I planted this tree.




With many thanks to the Armenian Institute for providing the original text and translation.