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Editor’s Note

Introduction to the Art Feature: Concerning the Spiritual in Art


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


Lowell’s Atmosphere
Demos and Sophia: Not a Love Story


The Converted
The Body Still Wanting
In a Rowboat, Once, By Night
And So Long, I’ve Had You Flame
Kid Flash
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
The Stairwell
The Sudd as Metaphor
Whatever Else
Push On, Amigo
Death in a Mist
School Holiday, South Wales
The High Achievers
The Goose
The All-Night Café
Physics Defeats Me Once Again, But Wisdom Saves the Day
Translated from the Slovenian by Michael Biggins
Judas Iscariot
Translated from the Slovenian by Michael Biggins
the birds of sorrow
The Elegy of Doubt
Prehistoric Horses

Art Feature

Note on Transposition
Note on Untitled
A Photograph of One of the Holograms of Nothing
On The Holograms of Nothing, Walls of the Cubic Vacuum Chamber, The Boundless Cubic Lunar Aperture, Fourth Aspect of the Quiet Axis
Silent Observations
Note on Silent Observations
Elle Vient de se Séparer
Note on Elle Vient de se Séparer
Attrezzo Napoli, Ontario
Note on Attrezzo Napoli, Ontario
The Fictive Analysis of the Klein Bottle
Note on The Fictive Analysis of the Klein Bottle
Life in the Cambrian Age
Note on Life in the Cambrian Age
The Catch
Note on The Catch


Lowell Only
Bausch and Taylor

Lairs of God: Spirituality After Silicon Valley

Objections Noted
Three Notes on the Computer
Culture and Spirit
Is God Down?
William Blake: Some Pieces from the Puzzle

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.

  EditorsAskold Melnyczuk
  Executive EditorSharon Dunn
  Advisory EditorSven Birkerts
  Managing Editor Ann Greenberger
  Art EditorThomas Frick
  Associate Editor Fred Marchant
  Contributing EditorsRosanna Warren
   Derek Walcott
   Harry Thomas
   Tom Sleigh
   George Scialabba
   Scott Ruescher
   Mary Morris
   Marie Howe
   James Galvin
   Stuart Dischell 
   Steven Cramer
   John J. Clayton 
   Thomas Bahr
  Editorial AssistantSean Patrick Broderick
  ReadersJudith Wolff
   Amy Fusselman
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