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Six Armenian Poets

ed. Razmik Davoyan

Bilingual English / Armenian edition

Translated by Arminé Tamrazian
Featuring the work of Hrachya Sarukhan, Violet Grigorian, Khachik Manoukyan, Azniv Sahakyan, Anatoli Hovhannisyan and Hasmik Simonian

Part of our New Voices From Europe and Beyond series edited by Alexandra Büchler

Hrachya Saroukhan creates poems using various tricks, weaving pictures with micro-strokes as a confession, as a memory, or sometimes with the thorn wreathes of their losses, throwing a not very confident glance at the other world.

Khachik Manoukyan's struggle against the inhuman nature of this world starts with The Scriptures, with the Old and New Testaments.

Violet Grigorian and Hasmik Simonian belong to the new and younger generation. However, with a united philosophy, they have no fear of endangering the "poetry" in favour of the consolation of creating something from the ruins of their inner worlds.

Azniv Sahakyan makes it clear the social creature people see only represents the physical picture of her distorted existence. Her system self expression is in harmony with her psychological state.

Anatoli Hovhannisyan does not aim to cause suffering to the reader by his own torment. Rather, he brings about a feeling of consolation, which could be considered a mirror of solace.

Six Armenian Poets, the tenth volume in this series, features six poets whose work shows the range and depth of poetry in Armenia since the departure of Soviet rule. Three of the poets included in this volume, Hrachya Saroukhan, Azniv Sahakyan and Khachik Manoukyan, established themselves as poets in the post-Stalin Soviet Armenia. Violet Grigorian and Anatoli Hovhannisyan are partly from the Soviet era, although they have become more visible since independence. The youngest, Hasmik Simonian, is a post-Soviet writer.

The bed-rock of Armenian poetry is a strong and revered folklore tradition that has produced many outstanding poets from the middle ages to modern times, both in Eastern and Western Armenia. As the country and its writers opened up to Western modernism, a huge variety of thematic interactions were sparked between traditional Armenian forms and the innovations that Soviet censorship had suppressed. These poems, and Arminé Tamrazian's delicate, sensitive translations, show that sparks continue to fly.

9781906570873 (pbk)
Published May 2013

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