Windows, Open Homes, A Sense of Community

Start from Where You Are

On the Verge: Emerging Massachusetts Artists

James Laughlin, Poet

Messages of Black Birds


Senior Transfer

The Wall and the Stream

Claude Comes and Goes

Occupational Marks and Other Signs

The Sugar Tooth


An Interview with James Schuyler



Hunt in Couples


By Dario Jaramillo Agudelo

Translated by Don Share

The Mortagulos

By Dario Jaramillo Agudelo

Translated by Don Share

four rounds from Narrative: Ali: 6, 8, 10, 11

Girl Cadaver

Timid Family

Called Up: Tinker to Evers to Chance

Vermont House

* * *

By Miriana Basheva

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf & Georgi Belev


from Five Verse Memoirs: 4. Chopcock

Among the Divided Lilles

Your Mouth Near My House

Five Verses

from Empire of Dreams

By Giannina Braschi

Translated by Tess O’Dwyer

Something Faithful

The Way He Breaks

A Modern History of California

One Rose

Commencement Ode

A Costume Straitjacket’s Black Sleeve in Armoire Shadows

If You Love Something, Let It Go

The Police

Poem for a Poem


The Genius


By Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Translated by Andrew McCord



Traveling in America


The Soul

By Nedelcho Ganev

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf & Georgi Belev


By Alexander Gerov

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf & Georgi Belev

Silver Queen

Indian Paint

Blue Willow

In Visible Light

The Sports Complex

And Other Fantasy Lovers

Eigth Grade Acrostic

Testimony of the Female Serial Killer

Roseate Tern

The Old Man, Bereaved, Paces Upstairs in a Jumble of Rooms


Flight of the Blind Bird

The Inner Life

Good Humor

Seventh Heaven Can Be Seen at First Glance

By Nikolai Kanchev

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf & Georgi Belev

from A Psalter: psalms 4, 7, 8

The Sea

Like Sabines

Geology, Summer 1983

My Students

To Hear the Chorus Sing

The Insomniac’s Pet Shop

Mother’s Third Husband

On Hearing About the Disappearance of Frogs

The Alzheimer’s Monkeys


The Cinder

Poem Written in the Logic of Late Capitalism


The Castle

from Muse and Drudge: 1-6

Becoming Miss Holiday

A Mathematics of Breathing

Seduced and Abandoned

By Radoi Ralin

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf & Georgi Belev

Sounding Fields

Death to Santa Foy


By Maria Rewakowicz

Translated by Paul Pines

Easy to Say, Easy to Say

First Prarie Winter

Still Life

By Georgi Rupchev

Translated by Lisa Sapinkopf & Georgi Belev

Dea Pet Poem

Excitement, The Need For

Nijinsky’s Winter Afternoon, With Faun


Scenes from a Puppet Play

Hostile Witness

Between Patients

The Way We Love

How to Teach Them



Death of a Distant In-law

Naola Beauty Academy, New Orleans, Louisiana 1943

Drapery Factory, Gulfport, Mississippi 1956

Reading Plato

Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania

Letter from a Summer Home

By Oksana Zabuzhko

Translated by Michael M. Naydan

An Ironic Nocturne

By Oksana Zabuzhko

Translated by Michael M. Naydan


Glyn Maxwell’s Out of the Rain

By Scott Anderson

Translated by Glyn Maxwell

“Stand on the verge” with us and dive into AGNI 37. In the words of Teresa Iverson, “the imagination is an airy element,” and the short, buoyant poems of this issue keep it afloat as our reader swims from one experience to the next. This issue offers “Standing on the Verge,” a refreshing series of work by emerging poets and Massachusetts artists including Claudia Rankine, Kevin Young, and Elizabeth Alexander. AGNI 37  features Carl Little’s interview with James Schuyler, Edwin Honig’s haunting prose, as well as work by Carl Phillips, Victoria Nelson, Albert Goldbarth, Ha Jin, Natasha Tretheway, Bruce Smith, Paja Faudree, Gale Nelson, and many more.

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