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Editor’s Note

Losing, Finding, Improvising


100% Cotton
Translated from the Croatian by Ellen Elias-Bursać
If I Survive You
What the Canal Took
The Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi
The Silents
Nothing but Shadows
Translated from the Spanish by Maureen Shaughnessy
Dear Mama
Translated from the Spanish by Maureen Shaughnessy


Call Yourself Alive
Thanatophilia: A Travelogue
Cigarettes Coffee Alcohol
The Guava Tree


Breakup Scenery
WhatsApp Message Analysis and Response
The Vow
Nat’l Watch & Diamond Exch.
Spring Comes to the City of Lisbon
More Than Watchmen at Daybreak
What an eye can see
Lines along the Shore
Hare at Dusk
The Closing
Two Ways
The Path of Names
Like a Sonnet
Gliss Aria
Hyacinth Aria
Mile Markers
Landscape with Snow and Huddled Trees
Fish Like These
Forced Confession
Death in My Mouth

Art Feature

Life as a Canvas (essay)

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.

  EditorSven Birkerts
  Founding EditorAskold Melnyczuk
  Senior EditorWilliam Pierce
  Poetry EditorsSumita Chakraborty
   Lynne Potts
  Fiction EditorWilliam Giraldi
   Mary O'Donoghue 
  Nonfiction EditorJennifer Alise Drew
  Blog EditorDavid Ebenbach 
  Social (Twitter) Rachel Mennies
  Newsletter DirectorAlison Lanier
  MarketingDaniel Pritchard
  Manuscript ReaderBrian Burt 
  Galley EditorsBeth Romano
   Christian Wessels
  Social (Facebook) Effie Sapuridis 
  Editorial AssistantsAudrey Poe
   Aanchal Narang 
   Kayla Kavanagh
   Neshat Kahn
   Omer Friedlander
   Tyler Dunston 
   Naomi Huan
   Leona Brander
   Grace Yun 
   Madhaw Kohli
  Advisory BoardLeslie Epstein
   Robert Pinsky
   Rosanna Warren
   Ha Jin
  Contributing EditorsLucie Brock-Broido
   John J. Clayton 
   William Corbett
   Stuart Dischell 
   Sharon Dunn, ed. emerita
   Anne Germanacos 
   Marie Howe
   Diana Der-Hovanessian
   Alex Johnson
   Dana Levin
   Fred Marchant
   Fiona McCrae
   Gail Mazur
   Dzvinia Orlowsky
   E.C. Osondu
   Lia Purpura
   George Scialabba
   Tom Sleigh
   Sue Standing
   Oksana Zabuzhko
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