Candor Candy: Global Poems

Candor Candy: Global Poems

by Helene Pilibosian

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Candor Candy: Global Poems by Helene Pilibosian

In Candor Candy: Global Poems, Helene Pilibosian presents her love for art, music, nature, and travel in poems with an international flavor. Her travels take her readers all over the world, and then across America, stopping at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to admire a khatchkar, an Armenian cross-stone. Her Armenian roots are also evident in poems like "For That Iris":

I grew up with the minor key,
sharagans in church
the essence of Armenian history
condensed into a few notes,

But she acknowledges being a child of the West in "Midnight Performs":

I will say
that I am from the East,
my features proof of this.
But often I speak more like
a person of the West
an independent gal
who cultivates her niche.

She eventually returns to her native Boston, only to observe the chaos of the Boston Marathon bombing in "Clam Chowder Manners":

But I forgot clam chowder manners
on Boylston street that day
when the marathon exploded.
My memory has dulled
around the edges of the names.

This collection of 59 poems by Helene Pilibosian has been published posthumously by Ohan Press, along with Planet Tome Reborn, bringing her total number of books of poetry to six.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158763069
Publisher: Ohan Press
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 118
File size: 246 KB

About the Author

Helene Pilibosian (1933-2015) was born in Boston and lived in Watertown, Massachusetts all her life, graduating from Watertown High School and Katharine Gibbs School. She attended evening and summer classes at Harvard University and received an ADA (bachelor equivalent) in humanities in 1960. Getting married the same year, she traveled with her husband for six months through Europe and to Lebanon and back by ship. Returning to America, she became the first woman writer/editor of The Armenian Mirror Spectator newspaper, later working at the same newspaper as writer/co-editor.

She had her poems published in literary journals such as North American Review, Weber: The Contemporary West, Journal of the Society for Armenian Studies, Poetry Salzburg and many others.

She founded Ohan Press ( in 1983, and published four books of her poetry: Carvings from an Heirloom: Oral History Poems, At Quarter Past Reality: New and Selected Poems, History's Twists: The Armenians, and A New Orchid Myth. Ohan Press has now posthumously published two more books of her poetry: Planet Tome Reborn, the sequel to A New Orchid Myth, and Candor Candy: Global Poems.

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