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Editor’s Note

The Walk


69° North, 33° East: Running from the Russians
The Butter Mint Gun
Milosz’s Choice: An Investigation of Sentimentality


Le Cygne
Translated from the French by George Kalogeris
Recurring Dream in a New Home
Waiting to Cut the Hay
Moving Day
A Stormy Spring
A Saltbox in Vermont
In Early April
Love in an Irish Family
Green Willow, Green Willow
The Eater of Paper, the Drinker of Ink
Estate with Doves
Father, Mother, and Children
Translated from the Danish by Thomas E. Kennedy
Sonatina: Imaginary City

Art Feature

Benny Andrews: A Reminiscence (essay)
For Benny Andrews (poem)

Vernaculars, inward and international. Heeding the issue number, we think of Route 66, the legendary American highway, cutting through Ben Miller’s uniquely essayistic Midwest, Jill McCorkle’s and Tara Goedjen’s fictional South, and painter Benny Andrews’s anguished and ecstatic historical South, before jumping off the atlas to take in Peter Balakian’s epical 9/11 sequences, Melissa Green’s topographies of the heart, and William T. Vollmann’s mytho-erotic fantasia. Vernaculars go international and rise into song, with Harrison Solow’s portrait of Welsh tenor Timothy Evans in “Bendithion” (the first-ever AGNI CD is included). Poetry by Steve Gehrke, Jordan Smith, Erica Funkhouser, and others. Essays by Scott Diel, Stephen O’Connor, Alta Ifland, and Askold Melnyczuk. And more.

  EditorSven Birkerts
  Founding EditorAskold Melnyczuk
  Senior EditorWilliam Pierce
  Fiction EditorsWilliam Giraldi
   William Charles Delman
   Jessica Keener
  Poetry EditorsBeth Woodcome
   Rachel DeWoskin
  Editor-at-largeJennifer Stroup (Jennifer Alise Drew)
  Advisory BoardLeslie Epstein
   Robert Pinsky
   Derek Walcott
   Rosanna Warren
  Editorial AssistantsLindsay Guth
   Dianne Mitchell
   Melanie Dahl
   Sumita Chakraborty
   Heather Hughes
   Beth Romano
  Contributing EditorsLucie Brock-Broido
   John J. Clayton 
   William Corbett
   Stuart Dischell 
   Sharon Dunn, ed. emerita
   Thomas Sayers Ellis
   Marie Howe
   Diane Der-Hovanessian
   Ha Jin
   Alex Johnson
   Susan Johnson
   Fred Marchant
   Fiona McCrae
   Gail Mazur
   Joe Osterhaus
   Dzvinia Orlowsky
   Liam Rector (1949-2007)
   George Scialabba
   Tom Sleigh
   Sue Standing
   Oksana Zabuzhko
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