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The Literary Groong - June 18, 2005

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	THE PLANE TO YEREVAN

	By Michael E. Stone


	In Vienna
	once
	an empire's capital,
	Nazism's home
	of Strauss and of strudel,

	At the airport
	two young, black-haired, bearded rich boys,
	a priest with wife and children,
	some families loaded with parcels,
	And we two otars,
	sit
	Waiting for a plane
	To Yerevan.

--
Michael Stone is Professor of Armenian Studies at the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem. He has published poetry in Ararat, Avocet,
Byline Magazine, Hazmat Review, King Log, Mandrake Poetry Review,
Ruah, White Heron, ARC, and Voices Anthology. He also translates
medieval Armenian poetry into English and has published translations
in Ararat, Sion and St. Nersess Theological Review. He is at present
finalizing an English translation of the medieval biblical epic
Adamgirk' by Arak'el of Siwnik'. In addition to poetry he has
published numerous scholarly books and articles on Armenian studies.

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