Category Archive: 12: Transcaucasia Issue

“David of Sasun” & 6 Paintings — Ararat Sarkissian

Ararat Sarkissian is a Yerevan-based visual artist. His work has been exhibited many countries, including Singapore, Korea, Italy, Russia, Belarus, Greece, The United States, Switzerland, France, Iran, Germany, Japan, Cyprus, Spain and Armenia.… Continue reading

A Young Man’s Journey to the Homeland: An excerpt from Arra S. Avakian’s diary of a trip to Europe and Armenia in 1935 — Introduction by Armine Mortimer

In 1934, under President Roosevelt, the United States recognized the Soviet Union, and travel to the Soviet Socialist Republics became possible. Armenia in 1935 was not technically a Soviet Socialist Republic, but was… Continue reading

Miniatures, Illustrations & Coats of Arms — Emir Burjanadze

  Click Images to Enlarge *** Emir Burjanadze (1937 – 2014) studied at the Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts and worked as an architect in the Industrial Graphics Department of the Technical… Continue reading

“Step toward her from all the places you could walk to in your country’s remotest reach” — Caroline Morrell

Step toward her from all the places you could walk to in your country’s remotest reach  This must be the place: Old forest open Even the woman he calls Batool goes far to… Continue reading

Three Poems — Alex Vartan Gubbins

In Gyumri Find the earth’s earliest moldings & you’ll knee-buckle, caps to ground where a clod spreads the wet beyond the epidermis of sorrow to the tendon you exhausted bending down to her… Continue reading

ONCE … — Mariam Tsiklauri, Translated by Manana Matiashvili

Originally published in Georgian in Mariam Tsiklauri’s book White Calves (2011) published by Pegasi. 1. ეძღვნება იმათ, ვინც ერთხელ მაინც შემაყვარა თავი ამქვეყნად და ჩემ ლურჯ ცაზე დღის თეთრ მთვარედ მოსჩანან მზეშიც. 2.… Continue reading

2 Poems — Tim Kahl

Khachkars After all the Arabs left the Ararat plain and the cathedrals conspired to still the faith of those who remained, the sign of the cross is chiseled into stone. It rests on… Continue reading

Letters of a Passenger — Jaro Minne

While exploring Baku I am spending the night at the homes of different families. Azeri’s are famously hospitable but I am more interested in what happens later at night, when I stop being… Continue reading

In the Shadows of History — Neval Pektas

We are 35, the same age you will be when you see our pictures in a book. You will want to unearth our common history to learn why our hair is parted every… Continue reading

The Salamander — Mikho Mosulishvili, Translated by Ani Mosulishvili

Originally published in Georgian in Mikho Mosulishvili’s book The Mercy Stone (2011) published by Publishing House Siesta. A note: Salamanders have been associated with the fire since early times. The legend of salamanders… Continue reading

WONDERFUL YEAR — Thomas Osatchoff

Through our lens gravity goes so poof: history’s rewritten again. Just give me a second then this is really strong belief. Sobor churches are prisms splitting sunlight. We’ll get some value from all… Continue reading