AGNI 89

Art Feature

Life as a Canvas

Editor’s Note

Losing, Finding, Improvising

Essays

Call Yourself Alive

Thanatophilia: A Travelogue

Cigarettes Coffee Alcohol

The Guava Tree

Fiction

100% Cotton

By Ellen Elias-Bursać and Ivana Bodrozić

Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursać

If I Survive You

What the Canal Took

Eyetooth

The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi

The Silents

Nothing but Shadows

By Hebe Uhart and Maureen Shaughnessy

Translated by Maureen Shaughnessy

Dear Mama

By Hebe Uhart and Maureen Shaughnessy

Translated by Maureen Shaughnessy

Poetry

WhatsApp Message Analysis and Response

The Vow

Nat’l Watch & Diamond Exch.

More Than Watchmen at Daybreak

Spring Comes to the City of Lisbon

What an eye can see

Lines along the Shore

Hare at Dusk

The Closing

Two Ways

The Path of Names

Hyacinth Aria

Gliss Aria

Like a Sonnet

Mile Markers

Breakup Scenery

Landscape with Snow and Huddled Trees

Fish Like These

Unbroken

Forced Confession

Death in My Mouth

The cover of AGNI 89 - Words of Memory X (details), 2015, by Wosene Worke Kosrof

Volatile urgencies. Ethiopian cover artist Wosene Worke Kosrof brings an ancient alphabet into our jostling, electric present, infusing AGNI 89 with a directed energy. Jo Ann Beard’s lead-off essay simultaneously inspects and enacts the writing process as she thinks back on the stories her father told about war and loss. Poet Sharon Olds grapples with a mother’s legacy, and sings an aria to the unchanging glide at her own body’s core. Jonathan Escoffery writes about a cash-strapped high school teacher who humiliates himself for pay. And Sam Kahn watches the iPhone replace the cigarette. Eamon Grennan, Grace Singh Smith, Hebe Uhart, Cyrus Cassells, Shauna Barbosa, and many more.

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