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The Literary Groong - 11/08/2003

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	FIRSTBORN

	By SHUSHAN AVAGYAN


	I was six weeks old    getting comfortable 
	in my mother's womb  warm and welcomed
	wasn't sure about my sex  --

	when my father in a council with himself
	decided to name me     Shumavon ::

	My firstborn is a son    no question about it 
	he declared    proudly stroking his black moustache. 

	I turned                          mind disturbed

	how inconvenient!  Then curling my
	yet-to-be-developed lips into a smile    I turned 
	out to be a nonconformist  --  precisely  -- 

	a very vociferous girl


--
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.

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