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AGNI 71 Table of Contents (2010)

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Detonations and responses. The pressure of consequences public and private moves through fiction by Tom Bissell, Carolyn Cooke, Marjorie Sandor, and others. It turns lyrical in work by Charles Simic, Major Jackson, Kathleen Graber, and Melissa Green, and flares up surprisingly in essays by Paul West, Lia Purpura, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, and Alex Lemon. The issue also includes a career-spanning interview with Donald Hall and a portfolio of artist Ellen Driscoll’s strikingly engaged installations.

Bissel’s story “A Bridge Under Water” was chosen for The Best American Short Stories 2011.

Editor’s Note

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Birkerts, Sven Mind’s Matter


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Bissell, Tom A Bridge Under Water
Cooke, Carolyn The Boundary
Jensen, Sandra The Good Wife
Rulfo, Juan It’s Because We’re So Poor (translated from the Spanish by Ilan Stavans)
Sandor, Marjorie Wolf


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Baumel, Judith After the Battle of Long Island, the Battle of Pell’s Point
Bond, Bruce Lyonel Feininger
Dischell, Stuart Evening in the Window
Donovan, Matt Elegy with Mistakes All through It
Donovan, Matt Van Gogh’s First Sunday Sermon
Esenin, Sergei “No crying, calling out, complaining . . .” (translated from the Russian by James Stotts)
Evans, Kerry James Seven Chants, A War Cry
Graber, Kathleen Angels Unawares
Green, Melissa Selections from Akeldama
Gumilev, Nikolai The Giraffe (translated from the Russian by James Stotts)
Jackson, Major Periplum
Jackson, Major Quaff
Middleton, Christopher Like Heart’s Desire
Mulvey, Bern For They Are Coming
Nesset, Kirk How Deep Is the River
Simic, Charles Grandpa’s Spells
Simic, Charles In the Egyptian Wing of the Museum
Simic, Charles The Medium
Simic, Charles Men Falling Out of the Sky
Simic, Charles Past the Cemetery
Simic, Charles Solitude in Hotels
Simonides Fr. 2 FGE [Epitaph for Those Fallen at Euripus] (translated from the ancient Greek by Kelli Boyles)
Simonides Fr. 9 FGE [Epitaph for Those Fallen with Leonidas] (translated from the ancient Greek by Kelli Boyles)
Simonides Fr. 521 PMG [Being Human . . .] (translated from the ancient Greek by Kelli Boyles)
Swann, Brian Hathor
Tobin, Daniel Gutter Life


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Barber, Phyllis The Knife Handler
Lemon, Alex My Misogyny
Melnyczuk, Askold Shadowboxing: The Falling Trees, The Burning Forest
Purpura, Lia Against “Gunmetal”
Scalise, Mike The Drowning Lifeguard
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon The Piano
West, Paul The Lightning-Rod Man: The Migraine Headache as Heuristic Tool


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deNiord, Chard An Interview with Donald Hall

Art Feature

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Driscoll, Ellen Bird’s Eye (essay)
Driscoll, Ellen From the Ground Up

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