Selected Poems of Diana Der Hovanessian
Der Hovanessian, Diana.
Hanover, NH: Sheep Meadow Press, 1997, 68 pages. ISBN 1878818279.
"And Armenian words have worn thin like old coins, changed, exchanged in vain, gaining a soft patina unmatched except by old monasteries in the rain. Their meanings have grown ironic with a subtle subliminal drone. Take the word for justice, for instance, with it satiric overtones."
Der-Hovanessian finds in her Armenian culture and the Armenian Genocide of 1915 a terrible and wonderful heritage. With her lyrical New England gifts and her American Armenian life, she makes poetry that is both personal and historical, a feat very few poets coming from a dual culture have dared or sustained.