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PEACE OF MIND OR FREEDOM TO SPEECH By Shushan Avagyan The leper - is on the loose, wears a mask beneath a mask, has slain the doe, eats away with blood-saliva dripping on the soil feeding on the roots, killing all the roots, the beast - a chimera suckles the flock with heinous milk, diseased with greed and avarice, will to power - the beast is on the loose - who will feed the monster, who will mate and breed with it, who's gonna bear it in their wombs cancer-like, replicating, multiplying metastasizing into a deadly lock, who'll stay behind these tombs? The poem is the author's campaign protesting the violations of human rights and freedom of thought, carried out against journalists in Armenia today. These corrupt acts MUST STOP NOW! -- Shushan Avagyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She is currently working on her master's degree in English Literature, and is a recipient of the Dalkey Archive Press fellowship at the Illinois State University.