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You spoke, I listened. So impressive: The long silences Were more expressive between words, sentences . . .

Stop, Pause. So many ideas are contained in each pause. You spoke so, I saw at one point Silence in the light, words on the shadow. Into these end-of-sentence intervals could go The entire lexicon of a language.

BAHTIYAR VAHAPADZE (b. 1925) is one of Azerbaijan's most prominent poets. He obtained a doctorate in philology at Azerbaijan State University, where he subsequently became a professor of modern Azeri literature. His publications include many collections of poems and short stories, plays, travel journals, scholarly articles, and journalistic pieces.
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Author:Vahapzade, Bahtiyar
Publication:World Literature Today
Date:Jun 22, 1996
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