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INFLAMED SUMMER By Grish Davtian The summer is torrid of my hot love, Sizzling and scorching from my roasting passions; The sun has fallen into the forest of my love, And has started a ruthless fire. I am unable to distinguish your eyes from the sun, They are so shining with the flame of love, It is from my love that bonfires have erupted In the depth of your eyes with the heat of summer. The summer is hot of the searing of my love, Your caressing is warm and your bosom is warm, My heart has blossomed to the edges of the sky, The fire of my love is much so in the summer. It is of the burning of my love that the summer is torrid, Up-surging with blistering of my elements; The sea in my bosom is flooding from the deep, Overflowing my spirit with a torrential storm... The summer has fallen into the fire of my love, Become red-hot of your love, I am not feeling the hot of summer, As furnace of my heart has wholly erupted… -- Grish Davtian was born in Nor Jugha, Esfahan, Iran. His work includes poetry and literary criticism written in Armenian, and, more recently, poetry written in English. He has worked as the founding editor for the Aregak monthly journal, in 1964-5 in London, and editor of the literary pages of Alik Daily newspaper, in 1980-1985 in Tehran. As a member of the Armenian Writer's Society in Iran, he has served as the vice president and president of this organization for several years. He has three books of poems published in Armenian. Now living in Glendale, CA, USA, Davtian has been in charge of the literary pages of the Asparez Daily newspaper in 1997-2001. He has initiated the Literary Asparez monthly meetings, sponsored by the Glendale Public Library. He runs a one hour weekly literary program, called Literary Ether, on Horizon Armenian TV. The book of his English poems "The Ameriacan Pulse" has recently been published by Publish America LLLP, USA. He is also the editor of The Literary Groong (TLG) webpage on the Groong Armenian News Network website.