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IN THE SHELL ISLAND by Armenuhi Minasian I was an observant guest In Shell Island Today. The bay was full of Countless shells. The waves every second Were tossing out in haste New-new piles of Scallops Empty shells; Some-colorful, some-pale, In various measures And shapes, New-new piles of Scallops Bare shells... The children were playing Carelessly with them, Peopl were collecting Fancy shells, And the oceans itself Tireless and endless Was conducting the shells' crashes on bays... -- Armenuhi Minassian was born in the village of Mughni in Ashtarak District of Armenia. She's a graduate from the Yerevan State University with a Masters degree in Armenian Language and Literature and in Teaching. For several years she worked as a teacher in #155 Secondary school of Yerevan. Armenouhi started to write poetry when she was 10. Her first poem was broadcast by Armenian radio when she was in the third grade. She received her first award for reading her poetry in the Scholastic Olympics competition in 1966. Her first article was published in the Ashtarak district Newspaper in 1972. Armenoui migrated to the United States in 1993. In 2001, a collection of her poetry was published in Los Angeles under the title "Veratsnund". Her poems have appeared in "Hi Life", "Asbarez", "Azdarar", "New Mirage Quarterly" and in several anthologies including "The Best Poets and Poems of 2002". Her new poetry collection "Mundane Yearnings", written in Armenian, is ready for publication. Recently she started to write song lyrics both in English and Armenian.