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ANNUNCIATION by Diana Der-Hovanessian (Twelfth Century Armenian Miniature) Turning her body away from the angel she almost closes her book. One hand holds her collar tightly to her throat . Part reluctant, part afraid, she cannot help looking at the branch in the angel's hand about to bloom, flowering with the word made flesh, mystery made truth, and God made ours, blossoming as she will with the seasons that will never be the same, as every woman knows. from Songs of Bread, Songs of Salt, Ashod Press -- 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.