Z. T. Balian: Poetry (Western Voices 2021)

 Bio: Born and raised in Beirut to Armenian parents, Z. T. Balian, a French national, is multilingual.  After a long career as a lecturer at a number of Middle Eastern universities, including the American University of Beirut, during which she published several English textbooks, she now devotes her time to writing. She published her debut novel, Three Kisses of the Cobra, in 2016.  Her second novel, Fallen Pine Cones, is due for release this year. She regularly contributes haiku poems in Armenian to Hayerenblog.com. Her poetry in English was recently published in Hope: An Anthology of Poetry.




then or now

yesterday or today

ephemeral, fugacious


bodiless head, headless body

the sum of

virtual reality


the overgrown tree – crows hiding

nests in its tenebrous heart

oblivious of spilled blood


tenacious mortal

vainly but boldly seeking

the sublime


storms, shipwrecks

the odyssey

never halts

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