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AGNI 85

Contents

Editor's Note

“What Next?”

Fiction

Soldier
If the City Falls
The Kiss
A Letter of Complaint to Pushkin
A Lapse of Memory
A Few Days Off
Parable in Ten Lessons
An Angel on Stilts

Essays

The Author as Translator
Confession 7
The Lindbergh Baby and I
Spider Season
In the Ring
Walk with Snowy Things
We Were Here

Poetry

The Feast
The Study of Butterflies
Before You Know It
An Afternoon with Doña Amelia
A Poem Called Baroque
The Quantum Mechanics of Everyday Life
After Reading Jim Harrison’s “After Reading Takahashi”
Here at Summer’s End
Bat (in Autumn)
Bat (in Winter)
Concussion Sequel
Elegy for My Brother in the Wilderness
From the Lost Letters to Matias Perez, Aeronaut
Blücher, Arendt, a Wildland Fire
Elegy: Letter to My Wife’s Grandfather
MARTHA CARRIER HANGED AUGUST 19, 1692
Dear Francis Cabot Lowell
Jetty
At 3 a.m. the Night I Heard You Died
Parthenon Marbles

Art Feature

The Failure of Quick Paint (essay)
The Abiku Phenomenon
AGNI 85

The world as construed, re-construed, and mis-construed. The fantastical meldings of the real and conjectural in the work of artist Olalekan Jeyifous are a vivid visual emblem for the assembled contents of the issue. Our writers, too, run “tests,” trying variations of the past and reassessing what had been thought obvious. More than once the reader has to ask, Did that just happen?  The issue includes stories by Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Evanthia Bromiley, and Marjorie Sandor; essays by Joel Agee, Megan Harlan, and Brandon Kreitler; and poems by Kaveh Akbar, Rosalie Moffett, Noah Warren, and Kathleen Winter. The search for viable new versions of our “sensual” and “consensual” reality proceeds.

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