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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
Benny Andrews: A Reminiscence


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

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.

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