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AGNI 27

Contents

Editor's Note

Introduction to the Art Feature: Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Editor’s Note

Fiction

Spiritualism
Apparitions
Mirko Polkan
Translated from the Italian by John Satriano
The Letter Writer
Different Lives

Essays

Objections Noted
Note on Transposition
Note on Untitled
On The Holograms of Nothing, Walls of the Cubic Vacuum Chamber, The Boundless Cubic Lunar Aperture, Fourth Aspect of the Quiet Axis
Note on Silent Observations
Note on Elle Vient de se Séparer
Note on Attrezzo Napoli, Ontario
Note on The Fictive Analysis of the Klein Bottle
Three Notes on the Computer
Note on Life in the Cambrian Age
Lowell’s Atmosphere
Culture and Spirit
Demos and Sophia: Not a Love Story
Note on The Catch
Is God Down?
William Blake: Some Pieces from the Puzzle

Poetry

The Body Still Wanting
The Converted
In a Rowboat, Once, By Night
Kid Flash
And So Long, I’ve Had You Flame
My Father-in-Law’s Coat
Quantum Mechanics: Another Love Poem
The Meaning of Hillbilly Music
from With Light and Death: 9, 15-17, 19-21
Translated from the Greek by Olga Broumas
Ni-Kung Mountain
Translated from the Chinese by Lee Gerlach
The Mill of Death
Translated from the German by Joel Spector
The Sacred Body
Translated from the German by Joel Spector
The Trespasser’s Tale
Monk’s ‘Round Midnight Deconstructed
The Common Chorus: A Version of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata: Part I
What We Hoped For
Water Touching Water
Midnight Reports
Black Mare
Magical Thinking
The End of a Day
Translated from the Greek by James Stone
Mission
The Stairwell
The Sudd as Metaphor
Bindings
Push On, Amigo
Whatever Else
School Holiday, South Wales
Death in a Mist
The High Achievers
Poisonfield
Angelus
The Goose
The All-Night Café
Physics Defeats Me Once Again, But Wisdom Saves the Day
Paradise
Ariadne
the birds of sorrow
The Elegy of Doubt
Prehistoric Horses
Judas Iscariot
Translated from the Slovenian by Michael Biggins
Oops!
Translated from the Slovenian by Michael Biggins

Art Feature

Transposition
Untitled
Untitled
A Photograph of One of the Holograms of Nothing
Silent Observations
Elle Vient de se Séparer
Attrezzo Napoli, Ontario
The Fictive Analysis of the Klein Bottle
Life in the Cambrian Age
The Catch
AGNI 27

New muses join forces with old muses to inspire an electric, eclectic collection. AGNI 27 presents a special feature, “Lairs of God: Spirituality After Silicon Valley,” which brings together essays by Marilynne Robinson, Eliot Weinberger, David Lehman, and others to explore how technology—especially that of the word processor—shapes spiritual and literary life. Askold Melnyczuk asks us to consider, “[A]re we to assume technology has been humanized? Or has humanity been technologized?” Meanwhile, the issue’s feature poet, Glyn Maxwell, writes of “silence’s still geology” and “the crowd where voices die and resurrect as shouts” along with other haunting images. Don’t miss Tony Harrison’s play The Common Chorus, a whimsically profane re-imagining of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, as well as the fiction and poetry of Elizabeth Strout, M.T. Sharif, Stephen Minot, Lucie Brock-Broido, Lynda Hull, David Rivard, Kathleen Norris, Yvan Goll, Sophie Cabot Black, and Odysseas Elytis.

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