Six Armenian Poets
Published by Arc Publications
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The latest anthology in Arc’s ‘New Voices from Europe and Beyond’ series features the work of six of Armenia’s poets – three men, Anatoli Hovhannisyan, Khachik Manoukyan and Hrachya Saroukhan and three women, Violet Grigorian, Azniv Sahakyan and Hasmik Simonian. Together they have all helped to shape the face of contemporary Armenian poetry.
Of the six, Grigorian and Hovhannisyan originally began writing in the age of Stalin, only becoming more visible and appreciated since independence. Saroukhan, Sahakyan and Manoukyan established themselves in post-Stalin Soviet Armenia, while the youngest poet, Hasmik Simonian, is a writer of the new Armenia, out of the shadow of the Soviet past.
This is a bi-lingual edition, with the Armenian original and the English translation on facing pages.
Razmik Davoyan is the unofficial Armenian poet laureate, and recipient of the President’s Prize for Literature (2003). Widely published in Armenian, Russian and Czech, his collections in English are Selected Poems (Macmillan, 2002) and Whispers and Breath of the Meadows (Arc, 2010).