AGNI 34

Essays

The Gulf War and American Politics

Trevor Winkfield’s Altarpieces

Post Time

The Movie on the Warehouse Wall

Wars Just and Unjust

V-Mail

Fiction

In Those Days

Toward a Topography of the Parallel Universe

A Free Fall

The Heroic Mode

Harry, Tango, Fred Astaire

Poetry

Explication

Ports

By Marjorie Agosín

Translated by Cola Franzen

Vision

By Delmira Agustini

Translated by Pamela Uschuk & Yla Guzman Gallegos

Layers

Letter to M

Lenox Hill

Love

By Georgi Belev

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf

Lake

By Georgi Belev

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf

On Newfoundland Rocks

Last Year in Jerusalem

May

By Natalka Bilotserkivets

Translated by Virlana Tkacz & Wanda Phipps

Visitation

Medals: A Processional of Rooms

On Manet’s “Olympia”

By Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska

Translated by Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska & Lia Purpura

Exorcist

By Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska

Translated by Katarzyna Borun-Jagodzinska & Lia Purpura

Aroma of Thyme

A History of Small Life on a Windy Planet

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

What We Didn’t Risk

Nineteen Sixty-Three

I Have to Look Long

By Sándor Csoóri

Translated by Len Roberts & Gabor Toro

The Past in My Mind

By Ales Debeljak

Translated by Michael Biggins

The Din of Ringers

In the Subway Car

The Saga of Stupidity and Wonder

Protection’s

The Candies

Fixing It

Sequence for Detroit Red

Returning Home

The Frigate Bird

Vertical Poetry: Eleventh.II.25

By Roberto Juarroz

Translated by Mary Crow

from A Psalter: psalms 1-3

The Two of Us

By Meng Lang

Translated by Ginny MacKenzie & Wei Guo

Ture Confessions

An Old Song

By Lu Lu

Translated by Ginny MacKenzie & Wei Guo

The Point

Buttercups

There, Where the Grass Breaks

Wartime

At Boston Garden, The First Night of War, 1991

Divorce Court

By Eugenio Montale

Translated by William Arrowsmith

And Sometimes It’s the Cities . . .

By Ottó Orbán

Translated by Bruce Berlind & Mária Kőrösy

Europe

By Ottó Orbán

Translated by Bruce Berlind & Mária Kőrösy

No Time But the Present

Gingerland

A Black Tunnel

By Tang Ya Ping

Translated by Ginny MacKenzie & Wei Guo

Animal Mimicry

A Type of Agnes

Collateral

The Debt

And Continuing

Dear George

Big Black Hearses

Concord Truce

The Sound of My Mother Singing

from Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse: IV.ii, IV.iii

Eros Poesis

By Tatyana Shcherbina

Translated by J. Kates

The Crazy Girl

Zodiac: For Julie

Words During War

We’ll Never Change Our Tune

Saying Good-bye to a Friend Going Abroad

By Shu Ting

Translated by Ginny MacKenzie & Wei Guo

The Edge

Singer and Song

Trinkets

the full night still in the street water

Reviews

What It Feels Like to Live in the World

The Redemption Center, Inc.

“No, in thunder!”: Christopher Lasch and the Spirit of the Age

The “war” issue, AGNI 34 explores many different kinds of conflict beyond war. Transporting readers back to 1991 and the years that precede it, our poets, still daring to create beauty, spin uncertainty into lyricism. As Joseph Lease writes in his review of Tom Sleigh’s Waking, “When you build lyricism yourself instead of buying it at the store you aren’t embarrassed, so you don’t need to undermine lyricism.” This collection paints a picture of a literary world interrogating its own bones; while nations wage war against each other, the body wages war against itself. Explore lyric tension in a hundred iterations from the quiet violence of David Rivard to the surrealist violence of Susanna Kaysen. AGNI 34 also features the work of Leslie Epstein, George Scialabba, Joshua Cohen, David Shields, Josip Novakovich, Albert Goldbarth, Kim Addonizio, Joyce Peseroff, Robert Polito, Martha Collins, Rick Lyon, and Fred Marchant.

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