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IN RECOGNITION by Shushan Avagyan I needed fox Badly I needed a vixen for the long time none had come near me. -- A. Rich, `Fox' (1998) I AM fox. I come from Silence. My triangulated face has ripened in the dark fields of the Republic. My burnt-yellow eyes have prayed for Midnight Salvage. My lacerated skin has dreamt of a Common Language. I AM vixen. I hunt alone. I sharpen my teeth on Lies. I bleed in Secrets. I only breed My Kind. -- Shushan Avagyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. She is currently working on her master's degree in English Literature, and is a recipient of the Dalkey Archive Press fellowship at the Illinois State University.