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Published: Thu Apr 30 2020
Welcome, one and all—to the Virtual Launch of AGNI 91

Welcome to issue 91, the first to present work chosen by our newly broadened masthead!

For this event we’ve gathered videos from around the world, filmed by our contributors, who, like the rest of us, are isolating in response to the novel coronavirus. This digital event was spurred by the pandemic, but celebrating in a distanced way has the advantage of bringing together many who, even in the best of times, would not be able to meet up in person. Nearly every contributor takes the stage here, and anyone with Internet access, and the freedom to point their browsers as they choose, can join the audience.

Our launch comprises several related posts. In one, the editors introduce themselves, and elsewhere we’ve grouped contributors’ readings by genre. But below, all of the titles in the new spring issue appear in sequence. Nearly every one of them tops a video, and all link to the story, poem, or essay from #91. We invite you to watch, listen, read, and be transported.

—The Editors

AGNI 91’s full roster of new writing is available online for the next three months. Please know that, as always, this issue lives first and best in print. Buying it is just one of the ways you can support our work. We are grateful for funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mass Cultural Council, and a roster of more than 100 engaged individual donors. We toast them, too, as we raise a glass to AGNI 91!

 

William Pierce’s introductory essay “The Peculiarities of Literary Meaning

 

Martha Witt’s short story “Nuraghi

 

Maurine Ogonnaya Ogbaa’s short story “Goodbye

 

Benjamin S. Grossberg’s poem “In the Late Days of the Republic

 

Katherine Fallon’s poem “Glacial

 

Heather Sellers’s poem “Accidental Practitioners

 

Anya Silvers’s poem “To the Poet

 

Xujun Eberlein’s essay “The Summer before Thirteen

 

Jiaming Tang’s essay “Where Flowers Bloom but Have No Scent

 

Aurko Maitra’s short story “Decades

 

Alice Pettway’s poems “The Dead of Winter” and “Sacrifice

 

Will Cordeiro’s poem “Unregenerate Pastoral

 

Cynthia Manick’s poem “There Are No Unsacred Spaces

 

Gina Franco’s poem “We Want Everything of Value to Be Eternal


 

Kate Li’s poem “As Relic, As Remnant

 

Adeniyi Ademoroti’s short story “Desire

 

David Crouse’s short story “The Black Bear Month

 

Ivan Ruccione’s short story “Departures,” translated by Sara Russell

 

Shauna Mackay’s short story “The Bend

 

Featured Artist Christopher Cozier’s essay “Dark Cycles/Circles

 

Jaz Sufi’s poem “Every Part of the Animal

 

Dawn Tripp’s poems “Looking for Arrowheads,” “The Gate,” and “Night in August

 

Susan Jackson Rodgers’s short story “Lou

 

Ann Hood’s essay “Stop Breath

 

Christine Gosnay’s poem “I Can’t Remain Here

 

Leslie Sainz’s poems “Mal de Ojo” and “Sonnet for Obatala

 

Laura Villareal’s poem “Mother // Monster****”

 

Mairead Small Staid’s poems “Demeter, Midwinter” and “Watching the Eclipse with Weldon Kees

 

Debra Nystrom’s essay “Dream of the Subjunctive

 

Cathryn Klusmeier’s essay “Gutted

 

Sasha West’s poem “The Long Emergency

 

Glenn Shaheen’s poem “Generation Loss

 

Alen Hamza’s poem “Action at a Distance

 

Steven Sanchez’s poem “Ode to Syphilis

 

Emily Mohn-Slate’s poem “People at Yellow Lights Scrolling

 

Benjamin Gucciardi’s poems “Outside Tallahassee” and “The Invisible Hand Knocks Twice

 

D. Nurkse’s poem “Our Defeat

 

Jackie Craven’s poem “Under a Calder Mobile, August 1959

 

Ciera Horton McElroy’s short story “Donny Q

 

Mervyn Seivwright’s “Manhood’s Gambit” and “Chess Piece Patterns

 

Jay Wickersham’s poem “My Great-Grandfather’s Chair

 

Richard Tillinghast’s poem “Early Church

 

Sandra McPherson’s poem “Class Art / Art Class: Sutter Psych Hospital****”

 

Colin Channer’s poems “The Fat Man Spoke of Fish” and “The Fixed Mutability of Things

 

Armen Davoudian’s “Aubade

 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem “Wanderer’s Night Song (II),” translated by James Richardson

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