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.
|John J. Clayton