AGNI 68

Editor’s Note

The Advertent Eye

Essays

Watching

Introduction to the Art Feature

Shadowboxing: Secular Antics in Bethlehem

Two Experiments and a Coda

Scholem in One Uneven Hour

Poetry

Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven

Yehuda Amichai

By Vasyl Makhno

Translated by Orest Popovych

Inscapes and crossings. Michael Mazur’s cover rendering of Dantean passage sets the tone for an issue rich with transformative broodings and hard-won exclamations. Poetry by Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, Richard Kenney, Alan Williamson, and many others resonates against powerful translations of Vasyl Makhno, Tomas Venclova, René Char, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Nelly Sachs. Stories by Charles Haverty, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Anis Shivani, and Gary Amdahl seem to call to nuanced meditations by Lia Purpura, Brian Christian, and Nadia Gregor. This is a partial listing, to be sure. The issue also features a first-ever DVD—Robert Gardner’s documentary celebration of our portfolio artist Michael Mazur at work on his print illustrations of Robert Pinsky’s striking translations of the Italian master.

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