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AGNI 81 Table of Contents (2015)

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Anna Schuleit Haber’s arresting sequence of paintings—from which we take our cover and portfolio—is entitled The Voice Imitator. How apt that is, for AGNI 81, even more than previous issues, is a gathering of uniquely expressive tonalities. From the fictional flights of writers like Stephen Dixon, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Amina Gautier, and Karl Ove Knausgaard; to the essayistic renderings of Chloe Honum, Jennifer S. Cheng, and Adam Szczucinski; and on to poems and translations by Cyrus Cassells, Patricia Hooper, Noah Warren, Martha Silano, and Vivek Narayanan, the octaves of the contemporary are thoroughly sounded. 

Also in this issue is Shruti Swamy’s story “A Simple Composition,” which won an O. Henry Prize and is reprinted in the 2016 anthology The O. Henry Prize Stories.

Editor’s Note

Author Title
Birkerts, Sven The Problem of Other Minds


Author Title
Andreasson, Jesper Ivan at the Wedding
Bego, Elvis If Anyone Had Told Me Where We Were Going
Dixon, Stephen Haven’t A Clue
Epstein, Robert A Note on the Type
Gautier, Amina The Loss of All Lost Things
Knausgaard, Karl Ove from My Struggle, Book Four (translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett)
Poore, Michael The Rain That Time / That Thing That Happened
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon Breaking Up
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon Meeting God
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon The Middle Child
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon Return of the Frenchman
Schwartz, Lynne Sharon Who’s Crazy Now?
Swamy, Shruti A Simple Composition


Author Title
Barber, Sarah There’s Not a Lot of Work for Sideways Man
Benjulian, Jayne Ode to a South Window
Benjulian, Jayne Vidalia
Cassells, Cyrus Federico’s Querencia
Cassells, Cyrus The Pines of the Villa Pamphili
Cooley, Peter Villanelle
Countryman, Liz You Are in a Lake
Hawkins, J. Todd Baptist Town
Hooper, Patricia Next Summer’s Garden
Hooper, Patricia Winter Move
Kunz, Edgar Natick
Kunz, Edgar Window Washers
Marchant, Fred Attic Stairs
McCord, Kyle Pentimento
McCord, Kyle Self-Portrait at Twenty-Eight in Iberia
Narayanan, Vivek from Une Cave, Une Caverne, Un Trou . . .
Phillips, Emilia Stopping at Texaco a Year After My Brother’s Death
Phillips, Emilia The Wind Lends a Voice To a Mountain Laurel Above Pretty Polly’s Grave
Rybicki, John The Heart in the Snow
Samaras, Nicholas The Invented Man
Silano, Martha It was how a sentence
Wallace, Sara Ritalin
Warren, Noah Automatic Pool Cleaner
Warren, Noah Helsingaar
Weinstein, Eric Dead Star Warps Its Partner’s Light
Wells, Jonathan The Future Is Your Friend
Williamson, Alan Poems of Summer
Williamson, Corrie Bringing Home the Bull
Williamson, Corrie Hay Cutting
Williamson, Corrie Love Song of the Barred Owl


Author Title
Cheng, Jennifer S. Hikikomori: Salt Constellations
Dameron, Jim A Eulogy for the Living
Honum, Chloe Fainting
Horneber, Elizabeth A Frame Also Is Like Love
Melnyczuk, Askold Shadowboxing: No, Really: What Is To Be Done in Ukraine?
Naselli, Mara Bodies in Motion
Pierce, William Crucibles: Is Knausgaard for Real?
Spark, Debra The Dangerous Act of Writing
Szczuciński, Adam Ars Moriendi (translated from the Polish by Sean LaRiche)
Szczuciński, Adam Poggioreale (translated from the Polish by Sean LaRiche)
Szczuciński, Adam Taormina, Traces (translated from the Polish by Sean LaRiche)

Editors’ Note: In print, we mistakenly listed Elvis Bego’s short story “If Anyone Had Told Me Where We Were Going” as an essay. We apologize for the error and have corrected it here.

Art Feature

Author Title
Schuleit Haber, Anna In a Foyer (a) and an Attic (b) (essay)
Schuleit Haber, Anna Tiles, Clouds, Boys, and Penicillin (essay)
Schuleit Haber, Anna The Voice Imitator

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