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AGNI 81

Contents

Editor's Note

The Problem of Other Minds

Fiction

Ivan at the Wedding
Haven’t a Clue
A Note on the Type
The Loss of All Lost Things
from My Struggle, Book Four
Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett
The Rain That Time/That Thing That Happened
Return of the Frenchman
The Middle Child
Who’s Crazy Now?
Breaking Up
Meeting God
A Simple Composition

Essays

If Anyone Had Told Me Where We Were Going
Hikikomori: Salt Constellations
A Eulogy for the Living
Fainting
A Frame Also Is Like Love
Shadowboxing: No, Really: What Is To Be Done in Ukraine
Bodies in Motion
Crucibles: Is Knausgaard for Real?
Poggioreale
Translated from the Polish by Sean LaRiche
Taormina, Traces
Translated from the Polish by Sean LaRiche
Ars Morendi
Translated from the Polish by Sean LaRiche

Poetry

There’s Not a Lot of Work for Sideways Man
Ode to a South Window
Vidalia
The Pines of the Villa Pamphili
Frederico’s Querencia
Villanelle
You Are in a Lake
Baptist Town
Winter Move
Next Summer’s Garden
Natick
Window Washers
Attic Stairs
Pentimento
Self-Portrait at Twenty-Eight in Iberia
from Une Cave, Une Caverne, Un Trou . . .
Stopping at Texaco a Year After My Brother’s Death
The Wind Lends a Voice To a Mountain Laurel Above Pretty Polly’s Grave
The Heart in the Snow
The Invented Man
It was how a sentence
Ritalin
Helsingaar
Automatic Pool Cleaner
Dead Star Warps Its Partner’s Light
The Future Is Your Friend
Poems of Summer
Hay Cutting
Bringing Home the Bull
Love Song of the Barred Owl

Art Feature

Tiles, Clouds, Boys, and Penicillin (essay)
In a Foyer (a) and an Attic (b) (essay)
The Voice Imitator
AGNI 81

Anna Schuleit Haber’s arresting sequence of paintings—from which we take our cover and portfolio—is entitled The Voice Imitator. How apt that is, for AGNI 81, even more than previous issues, is a gathering of uniquely expressive tonalities. From the fictional flights of writers like Stephen Dixon, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Amina Gautier, and Karl Ove Knausgaard; to the essayistic renderings of Chloe Honum, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Adam Szczucinski; and on to poems and translations by Cyrus Cassells, Patricia Hooper, Noah Warren, Martha Silano, and Vivek Narayanan, the octaves of the contemporary are thoroughly sounded.

  

Editor

Sven Birkerts

  

Founding Editor

Askold Melnyczuk

  

Senior Editor

William Pierce

  

Asst. Poetry Editor

Sumita Chakraborty

  

Poetry Editor

Lynne Potts

  

Fiction Editor

William Giraldi

  

Prose Editor

Jennifer Alice Drew

  

Readers

Jessica Keener

   

Mary O'Donoghue

   

Erin Trahan

   

Brian Burt

  

Galley Editors/Events

Lindsay Guth

   

Beth Romano

  

Social Media

Sumita Chakraborty

   

Rachel Mennies

  

Marketing

Daniel Pritchard

   

Steven LaFond

  

Newsletter Director

Alison Lanier

  

Advisory Board

Leslie Epstein

   

Robert Pinsky

   

Derek Walcott

   

Rosanna Warren

  

Editorial Assistants

Alison Lanier

   

Dan Murphy

   

Jessica Stokes

   

Jesse De Angelis

   

Caroline de Lacvivier

   

Emily Pineau

   

Kathleen McGunagle

   

Jeffrey Huizinga

  

Contributing Editors

Lucie Brock-Broido

   

John J. Clayton

   

William Corbett

   

Stuart Dischell

   

Sharon Dunn, ed. emerita

   

Thomas Sayers Ellis

   

Anne Germanacos

   

Marie Howe

   

Diana Der-Hovanessian

   

Ha Jin

   

Alex Johnson

   

Dana Levin

   

Fred Marchant

   

Fiona McCrae

   

Gail Mazur

   

Dzvinia Orlowsky

   

Lia Purpura

   

George Scialabba

   

Tom Sleigh

   

Sue Standing

   

Oksana Zabuzhko

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