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BLOODROOT By Diana Der Hovanessian The anemones of my childhood bleed from downy stems. Their blossoms grow seasonless with paper flower speed, springing suddenly to bend and flow over their mossy bed. I bend to pick them before I go home again, dropping rootjuice red behind me in pink milk stains as if my footprints bled marking yesterday's terrain. The anemones of my childhood bleed, scattered from their source like rain over the past where I retrace time that has become a place. -- 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.