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HORSES ON THE ROOF By Diana Der Hovanessian My father in a storm of pigeons in San Marco's Aquare points up, "Now look at those horses well." His words bring back Browning's Last Duchess. "They'er yours," he says, "They came with Tiridates to Italy in Nero's day overland, not to pollute the sea. Perfect symbols of our craft. They blend bronze with our tales of fiery steeds. "On such a beast Sanasar flew into the sun. Just how these four were planted on this roof is a mystery to all except tourists with Armenian blood." We move in for a closer view of horses that can be seen only fro far away. Copyright © 2003 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.