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Editor’s Note

The Problem of Other Minds


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


If Anyone Had Told Me Where We Were Going
Hikikomori: Salt Constellations
A Eulogy for the Living
A Frame Also Is Like Love
Shadowboxing: No, Really: What Is To Be Done in Ukraine
Bodies in Motion
Crucibles: Is Knausgaard for Real?
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


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

Art Feature

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

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.



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 Alise Drew



Jessica Keener


Mary O'Donoghue


Erin Trahan


Brian Burt


Galley Editors/Events

Lindsay Guth


Beth Romano


Social Media

Sumita Chakraborty


Rachel Mennies



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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