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AGNI 68

Contents

Editor's Note

The Advertent Eye

Essays

Shadowboxing: Secular Antics in Bethlehem
Two Experiments and a Coda
Scholem in One Uneven Hour

Poetry

His Knowledge of Having Done So
Dark Harbor
Tedium
Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven
Ancestor
Translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson
Lichens
Translated from the French by Nancy Naomi Carlson
Staffordshire Figurine, 1825
Seduction Against Exterior Pilaster, Waning Gibbous
Andante con Variazioni
Prayers for a Giant
Table of Contents
Tell Me
The Right to Slap Butts, If He Wants
Yehuda Amichai
Translated from the Ukrainian by Orest Popovych
The Procession
On the Milkman
The Sweet Crime of a Waltz
O You Animals!
Translated from the German by Teresa Iverson
Huang’s Tao Te Ching
Circular Drives
Kafka Variations
Claw
A Promise
The Opposite Shore
Translated from the Lithuanian by Ellen Hinsey
For R. K.
Translated from the Lithuanian by Ellen Hinsey
Event Horizon
Bébert

Art Feature

A Short Film: Good to Pull
Watching (essay)
I’ll Tell What I Saw
Introduction to the Art Feature
Translated from the Italian by Robert Pinsky
AGNI 68

Inscapes and crossings. Michael Mazur’s cover rendering of Dantean passage sets the tone for an issue rich with transformative broodings and hard-won exclamations. Poetry by Rita Dove, Robert Pinsky, Richard Kenney, Alan Williamson, and many others resonates against powerful translations of Vasyl Makhno, Tomas Venclova, René Char, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Nelly Sachs. Stories by Charles Haverty, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Anis Shivani, and Gary Amdahl seem to call to nuanced meditations by Lia Purpura, Brian Christian, and Nadia Gregor. This is a partial listing, to be sure. The issue also features a first-ever DVD—Robert Gardner’s documentary celebration of our portfolio artist Michael Mazur at work on his print illustrations of Robert Pinsky’s striking translations of the Italian master.

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