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LETTER TO KHACHATURIAN ON HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY, 2003 By Helene Pilibosian or Aram, foundation of the Armenian roster of names. The living room that served my teens served me your melodies, 33 rpm records spinning a hypnosis to sweeten my coffee. I filed the melodies alphabetically--Gayane and Masquerade then-- imagining ballets with toes of Armenian lore and boots of Caucasian dances. The intonations tended to me when convenience was curt or when my mother knitted acrylic or wool for afghans. My responses were carded and sheared and ready to spin the wool of negatives into something cool. I collected your notes that rendered my Armenian attitude safe and secure, sure of continuation. Phonographs came and went as did my years, plumped by those eastern sounds that still astound me, a self threaded on an international loom. But I must put away this scarf of sentiment. -- Helene Pilibosian is the owner of Ohan Press (http://home.comcast.net/~hsarkiss) and author and publisher of two books of poetry. Her works have been anthologized in Armenian-American Poets, A Bilingual Anthology, Yearbook of American Poetry and other collections. Her poems have recently appeared in Louisiana Literature, The North American Review, The Hollins Critic and other magazines. She co-wrote and published "They Called Me Mustafa", a memoir of the genocide and immigration, with her father Khachadoor Pilibosian.