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AGNI 35 Table of Contents (1992)

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Explore new worlds and relive our twentieth anniversary year with AGNI 35, a collection imbued with a powerful sense of places and spaces. Sven Birkerts suggests that the act of reading is “the positing of an elsewhere.” Accordingly, these pages interrogate the relationship between self and place, beginning with discussions of taxation (an epigraph from Thomas Jefferson sets the tone) and then expanding into notions of foreignness, familiarity, and belonging. Together, these poems, stories, and essays examine how language can serve—-or fail to serve—-as a conduit for the self. Curl up with a copy of AGNI 35 and “posit an elsewhere” with the help of great writers including Jessica Treadway, Marjorie Agosín, Lawrence Rosenwald, Joseph Lease, William Arrowsmith, Yves Bonnefoy, Sophie Cabot Black, Jason  Shinder, James Laughlin, William Corbett, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Cyrus Cassells, Yusef  Komunyakaa, Gail Mazur, and Faiz Ahmed Faiz.


Author Title
Treadway, Jessica Absent Without Leave
Isle, Ray The Bayou
Svendsen, Linda The Edger Man
Agosín, Marjorie The Gold Bracelet (translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Horan)
Agosín, Marjorie Nana (translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Horan)
Jr., Robert O. Greer, Prime
Moss, Rose Toward the Golden City


Author Title
Tarnawsky, Yuriy #4, from Children
McDonald, Walter After Eden
Snodgrass, Ann Anzio
Sheck, Laurie At the End of September
Sheck, Laurie The Book of Persephone
Doreski, William Boston Fog
Black, Sophie Cabot By Lamplight
O’Neill, Brian Clones
Feldman, Ruth Colette Was Right
Swann, Brian Counterpoint
Shinder, Jason Crime
Szumowski, Margaret C. Czechek’s Stamps
Nobles, Edward Daily Dilemma
Corbett, William Dead Winter
Laughlin, James The Death of the Village Post Office
Ai, The Director: Hoover, Edgar J.
Rudman, Mark Double Vision
Bonnefoy, Yves The Dream’s Restlessness (translated from the French by Lisa Sapinkopf)
Becker, Robin The Elimination of First Thoughts
Blumenthal, Michael Emilio Roma Is Dead
Arrowsmith, William Eugenio Montale’s “Xenia II”
Svoboda, Terese A Few Drops of Blood or Grenadine
Der-Hovanessian, Diana Finding Words
Zinnes, Harriet Fishing
Althaus, Keith For Ellery
Althaus, Keith From Memory
Cole, Peter Gazing Through the Night
Schwartz, Leonard Gnostic Blessing I
Becker, Robin Haircut on Via di Mezzo
Cassells, Cyrus The Hurricane
Ellis, Thomas Sayers Hush Yo Mouf
Tarnawsky, Yuriy I Forgot Her Blue Ice
Blumenthal, Michael I Remember Toscanini
Urrea, Luis I Tried to Write a Poem About This Once a Year for Thirteen Years
Mazur, Gail I’m a Stranger Here Myself
Heighton, Steven Icarus
Komunyakaa, Yusef In Love With the Nightstalker
Laughlin, James In My Imagination
Black, Sophie Cabot Interrogation
Iskrenko, Nina Isn’t She Not a Bird (translated from the Russian by Forrest Gander and Mala Kotamraju)
Aisenberg, Nadya Justice in Mexico City
Barber, David Ladies of the Necropolis
Faiz, Faiz Ahmed Last Days (translated from the Urdu by Andrew McCord)
Exner, Richard Last Portrait (translated from the German by the author and Martha Collins)
McDonald, Walter Leaving the Middle Years
Rogoff, Jay Life Sentence
Ellis, Thomas Sayers The Man in the Dark Room
Komunyakaa, Yusef Meditations on a Smoothing Iron
Barber, David Memo on the Hereafter
Komunyakaa, Yusef Mercy
Gerlach, Lee Molior to his First Wife
Gerber, Natalie Ellen Mutes
Barber, David My Quarrel with Queen Anne’s Lace
Wilde-Menozzi, Wallis Nearing Anne Frank
Doreski, William Neither Scholar Nor Spy
Der-Hovanessian, Diana No Maestro
Carlisle, S. E. Nocturnal on the Winter Solstice
Benedikt, Michael Of Living Alone But Not Brooding Too Much About It
Benedikt, Michael Of People Who Attempt To Relate By Demanding What Psychologists Term “Negative Reinforcement”
Cole, Peter On Fleeing His City
Kántor, Péter On Liberty (translated from the Hungarian by László Baránszky)
Eremenko, Aleksandr On the Removal of Troops from Afghanistan (translated from the Russian by Forrest Gander and Sara Dickinson)
Furbush, Matthew A Piece of the Wall
Exner, Richard Pietá Rondanini (translated from the German by the author and Martha Collins)
Jansma, Esther Plaza Real, Barcelona (translated from the Dutch by the author and Steve Orlen)
Reffe, Candice Provincetown: Invocation
Doreski, William Radon
Torra, Joseph Reading Spicer’s After Lorca Thinking About Jonas and Weiner
Traxler, Patricia The Rules of Joy
Reffe, Candice Salamander
Dischell, Stuart Sand
Ellis, Thomas Sayers A Shaved and Uncombed Universe
Robbins, Anthony South Southwest
Mezei, Balázs Stuttering to Rainer, In Darkness (translated from the Hungarian by Gregory S. d'Elia)
Carlson, Barbara Siegel Suburban Education
Swann, Brian Taking the Sun in a Carpark beside East River
Torra, Joseph thin white light
Arabov, Yuri Thoughts on Formal Logic (translated from the Russian by Forrest Gander and Sara Dickinson)
Keelan, Claudia To My Teacher
Jansma, Esther Transportation (translated from the Dutch by the author and Steve Orlen)
Hummer, T. R. Two Angels Torturing a Soul
Tarnawsky, Yuriy Two Crucifixions
Kenseth, Arnold Uneasy Rider
Beasley, Bruce Utter
Eaton, Charles Edward The Vigneron
Shinder, Jason X
Standing, Sue Yusuf Abdulla Jaffer & Co.


Author Title
Barka, Wasyl The Nature of Poetry
Rosenwald, Lawrence On War Tax Resistance
Corbett, William Prologue: Marlborough Gallery October 1970
Lease, Joseph Who Do We Think We Are?
Birkerts, Sven The Woman in the Garden


Author Title
Orr, Linda Form and the Father: On Mark Rudman’s Poetry

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