On Thursday night, the Zohrab Center in New York City, treated guests to the opportunity to hear American-Armenian writer Alan Semerdjian reading poetry from his new book, In the Architecture of Bone. Alan pays tribute to his grandfather, artist Simon Samsonian’s life and art, through his writing. Samsonian was born in Samson, Turkey, and was orphaned in the Armenian Genocide.
After weeks of reading oral histories of Armenian Genocide survivors; the eyewitness accounts of diplomats, German engineers, American and British missionaries; and numerous historical analyzes of the events that took place in Turkey at the beginning of the 20th Century, I welcomed Alan’s voice and fresh perspectives.
At the beginning of his book, Alan includes a quote from Gostan Zarian:
“Perhaps it is our function to illuminate some dark corner of the universe.”