Women of the Maquiladoras

Two Young Writers

Bilingualism and the Creative Writer in India

A Note on Thom Gunn’s “Lament”

Frank Bidart: A Salute

The Strange History of the American Fanatic

“What Was Lost”: Dissident Artists after Soviet Communism

Thom Gunn’s “Meat”


Rhode Island Fish

The Match

Dragon Head

Her Solution

By D. Dilip Kumar

Translated by Vasantha Sudya

Black Book

Elina Is Happy

By Andra Neiburga

Translated by Banuta Rubess

Balaji and the Teacher

By Paavannan

Translated by Pa Subramanian


An Interview with Thom Gunn

By David Gewanter

Translated by Thom Gunn



By Ai

Mother Hunger and Her Seatbelt

By Jorge Luis Borges

Translated by Thomas Frick

June 1968

By Jorge Luis Borges

Translated by Thomas Frick

There Is the Body Lying in State

Inferno * Purgatorio * Paradiso

By Sándor Csoóri

Translated by Len Roberts & László Vértes

A Walk Around the Lake

Radical Forgetting

Blueberry Pie


A Baptist Beat

An Apology

By Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Translated by Andrew McCord

from Memory: II

By Marin Georgiev

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf & Georgi Belev

Leopard Man

What I See I Am

Dedikation #5

By Egito Gonçalves

Translated by Alexis Levitin

The Uncovered Dish

Two Versions of “Meat”


A Scene

By Ani Ilkov

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf & Georgi Belev


At the End of the Twentieth Century The Barbary Rim


Last Night

For the Dead

Lincoln in Richmond


By Attila Mohylyny

Translated by Virlana Tkacz & Wanda Phipps


Working Wrong


Another Country

By Nabaneeta Dev Sen

Translated by Sunil B. Ray & Carolyne Wright

The Testimonies of Ramon Fernandez

Self-Portrait as Foreign Policy

Against the Maker

Nickel Wine and Deep Kisses

Annie Pearl Smith Discovers Moonlight

Grandmother’s Clothes

Jimmy’s First Cigarette

Démon de la Trompette

The Promise

The Lesson

The Horn of Hard Water

By Oksana Zabuzhko

Translated by Michael M. Naydan


Also This, Also That: Robert Pinsky’s Poetics of Inclusion

By Peter Sacks

Translated by Robert Pinsky

Celebrate our twentieth anniversary year with AGNI 36, an issue that tugs between the fantastical and the everyday. You will find here writing that is grounded in bodily and cosmic speculation, that challenges inhumane working conditions, that pulls at family ties and pushes our understanding of being human. In addition to our feature on Thom Gunn, which includes an unpublished draft of his poem “Meat” and Joshua Weiner’s close reading, we offer a second feature, “Writing from India,” which includes Mridula Garg’s essay on bilingualism and Indian writers’ work in translation. AGNI 36 also presents essays, fiction, and poetry by Seamus Heaney, Victoria Nelson, Peter Sacks, Ha Jin, Peter LaSalle, Dorianne Laux, Patricia Smith, Vijay Seshadri, Liam Rector, Laura Mullen, Jorge Luis Borges, and Donald Hall.

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