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MIXED MARRIAGE By Diana Der Hovanessian He marries the lilac from the Taurus Mountains. He marries the Cilician Church. He marries the snows of the Caucasus, and the Cossacks who will drive across his dreams. He marries waking to the sound of the thousand bells of Ani. He marries the blood sea. He marries the heart with two million scars to whom he owes a healing. He marries unretribution. He marries village music and red scarves flying. He marries pagan dances and Christian quiet. He marries the step-child of Russia. She marries the Mississippi and Mark Twain, and the pioneers pushing across the plains. She marries recipes from Wales. She marries the blue-eyed West. She marries Europe's errant son, the prodigal who made good. He marries the ashes of Smyrna, and the dried bones of Dersim. He marries spring in Kharpert, the autumn caiques on the bosphorus. He marries the Gregorian chant, a thousand smiling relatives. He marries a house with an open door. He marries the knowledge of the fragility of life. He marries an Armenian. She marries the red soil of Texas, and generosity and the blue Navajo Turquoise. She marries Lockheed Aircraft, Wall Street and the New York Times, Seventh Avenue and East Main Street and the St. Louis Blues. She marries the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Museum and popcorn. She marries Harvard, shrimp boats in Louisiana and California raisins. She marries the Great Lakes, psychoanalysis, the PTA and the great white shopping center, U.S.A. Copyright © 2001 Diana Der Hovanessian 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.