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Agni
Volume: 56 | Year: 2002

Table of Contents:

Chinua Achebe
Agostinho Neto

Marjorie Agosin
Burial and Blaze of Pablo Neruda

Ai
The Priest's Confession

Nadya Aisenberg
Wreaths to the Temple

Anna Andreevna Akhmatova
212

Agha Shahid Ali
The Season of the Plains

Homero Aridjis
Sepharad, 1492

Peter Balakian
Physicians

Amiri Baraka
Tom Ass Clarence

Jennifer Barber
Vendaval

Wasy Barka
The Mad Woman

Coleman Barks
Bedclothes

Ed Barrett
Odeon

Judith Baumel
Our Differences

Paul Beatty
That's Not in My Job Description

Robin Becker
The Elimination of First Thoughts

Erin Belieu
For Catherine: Juana, Infanta of Navarre

Sharona Ben-tov Muir
The Angel of Memory

Michael Benedikt
Of Living Alone but Not Brooding Too Much About It

Gottfried Benn
No Mourning

April Bernard
That's What I Said

Daniel Berrigan
Those I Love Are Subjected Once More to a Farcical Trial

Jill Bialosky
Subterranean

Frank Bidart
Now in Your Hand

Natalka Bilotserkivets
100 Years of Youth

Sven Birkerts
Chekhov's Fancy

Sophie Cabot Black
The Wait

Robert Bly
With a Friend at Bennington

Yves Bonnefoy
Summer Again

Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda
Self-Criticism

Jorge Louis Borges
Heraclitus

Daniel Bosch
Erato in Hollywood

Kevin Bowen
Gelatin Factory

Bohdan Boychuck
from Prayers

Lucie Brock-Broido
I Wish You Love

Joseph Brodsky
["as for your enemy"]

Olga Broumas
Body and Soul

Joel Brouwer
History

Teresa Cader
The New Creation

Mary Baine Campbell
Justice

Rafael Campo
Last Rites

Cyrus Cassells
The Hurricane

C. Cavafy
As Long as You Can

Paul Celan
Untitled

Dan Chiasson
Vermont

Michael Collier
The Angel of Memory

Martha Collins
Them

Wyn Cooper
Monkey, Mirror, Troll, Bush

William Corbett
Vermont Water

Alfred Corn
Prophet Bird

Steven Cramer
Dialogue for the Left and Right Hand

Sandor Csoori
Letter to the American Poet Gregory Corso

Roque Dalton
I Wanted

David M. Daniel
My Mother's Morning

Olena Kalytiak Davis
A Small Number

Seamus Deane
History Lessons

Carl Dennis
Infidel

Diana Der-Hovanessian
Salt

Maggie Dietz
The Yellow House, 1978

Stuart Dischell
Ellipses, Third or Fourth Dot, Depending

Mark Doty
A Cataloge for Cooks

Rita Dove
Weathering Out

Norman Dubie
In the Beginning There Was theEnd of Solitude, Beginning Again:

Valerie S. Duff
Odysseus with a Siren in the Corner of His Eye

Alan Dugan
Know Thyself

Norman Dukes
Two Pictures of a Rose in the Dark

Stephen Dunn
Refugees in the Garden

David Dwyer
After the War

Martin Edmunds
December 27, 1988

Russell Edson
Catastrophe at Sea

Thomas Sayers Ellis
T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.

Odysseas Elytis
from With Light and Death

Daniel Mark Epstein
How Shall We Dress for Heaven?

Martin Espada
La Tumba de Buenaventura Roig

Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Heart's Companion

James Fenton
Lines for Translation into Any Language

David Ferry
Horses

Miranda Field
As the Crow Flies, So Will It Fall

Maria Flook
Apology for John

Michael Franco
Turning Toward an Old Form

Carol Frost
As You Might Claim Love

James Galvin
So Long

David Ghitelman
In Early Spring

Jody Gladding
Aunt Peter

Louise Gluck
Telemachus' Fantasy

Albert Goldbarth
A History of Civilization

Barry Goldensohn
Bathsheba

Melissa Green
The Squanicook Eclogues

Debora Greger
Recent Events: The Fossil Record

Allen Grossman
Dust (Ars Poetica)

Thom Gunn
Memory Unsettled

Jeffrey Gustavson
Nervous Forces

Rachel Hadas
Letter to a Niece

Donald Hall
The Ninth Inning

Mark Halliday
New Wife

William Harmon
One Bagatelle for a Dead Friend

Jeffrey Harrison
Lord, Deliver Us from This Affliction

Tony Harrison
National Trust

Robert Hass
Layover

Seamus Heaney
from Squarings

Brenda Hillman
His Shadow

Edward Hirsch
Gerard de Nerval: Fairytale for a Whore

Jane Hirshfield
Metempsychosis

George Hitchcock
Directions

Tony Hoagland
Fiddler's Convention

Eric Hoffman
Poem

Michael Hogan
Poem for My Eight Year in Prison

Olivia Holmes
The Accident at Staplehurst

Fanny Howe
Banking

Marie Howe
Gretel, from a Sudden Clearing

Lynda Hull
Visiting Hour

Cynthia Huntington
Australia

Barbara Helfgott Hyett
In the Ring of Twenty Signs

David Ignatow
Dear Homer

Mark Irwin
Tock

Teresa Iverson
Giant Sequoia

Ha Jin
I Woke Up---Smiling

Orhan Veli Kanik
For the Homeland

Meg Kearney
Call Me Dr. Frankenstein

Mary Kinzie
Waltzing Matilda

Peter Klappert
Satan Who Is Most Noisy When He Whispers

Edward Kleinschmidt
Veronica

Wayne Koestenbaum
In the Classroom

Yusef Komunyakaa
In Love with the Nightstalker

Maxine Kumin
Capital Punishment

James Laughlin
In My Imagination

Joseph Lease
Words Like Rain

David Lehman
Les Enfants Terrible

Denise Levertov
Caprace

Philip Levine
Take My Neighbor

Frannie Lindsay
Relic

Bei Ling
The Sun Singers

William Logan
Seductions of the Swimming Club

Michael Longley
Wounds

Thomas Lux
Walt Whitman's Braing Dropped on Laboratory Floor

Oleh Lysheha
Swan

Antonio Machado
I Have Walked Down Many Roads

Derek Mahon
Glengormley

Fred Marchant
Part of It

Paul Mariani
The Lost Father

Cleopatra Mathis
After the Operation

Glyn Maxwell
In the Gap

Gail Mazur
I'm a Stranger Here Myself

Mekeel McBride
The Knife-Thrower's Wife

Eric McHenry
Living Room

Heather McHugh
Pay Per View

John McKernan
A Letter to My Mother

James McMichael
Untitled

Michael Milburn
Portrait

Jane Miller
Bandits and White Sand, a Lament

Lawrence Millman
A Child's Guide to Latin American Politics

Ange Mlinko
My Children Don't Grow They Multiply

Carol Moldaw
64 Panoramic Way

Eugenio Montale
Xenia I

Herbert Morris
Two in Fields

Andrew Motion
Leaving Belfast

Paul Muldoon
Why Brownlee Left

Alvaro Mutis
Tequila

Kathleen Norris
Thinking About Louise Bogan

Thomas O'Grady
Artery

Joyce Carol Oates
Don't Bare Your Soul!

Ed Ochester
Butterfly Effect

Sharon Olds
Directly

Dzvinia Orlowsky
Pontoosuc Lake,Tanglewood

Joe Osterhaus
Nocturne

Ron Padgett
The Rule of Three

Deborah Pease
Loss of Soul

John Peck
A Metal Denser Than, and Liquid

Joyce Peseroff
Near the Animals

Fernando Pessoa
Oblique Rain

Carl Phillips
The Glade

Robert Pinsky
Window

Stanley Plumly
For jan Palach, a Name Drawn by Lot

Robert Polito
Doubles

Craig Raine
A Martian Sends a Postcard Home

Bin Ramke
Like Ulysses

Liam Rector
Ronald Beaver's Life in England

Donald Revell
The Secessions on Loan

Kenneth Rexroth
Two Translations from the Japanese

Martha Rhodes
Elegy

Adrienne Rich
Take

Rainer Maria Rilke
Likeness of My Father in His Youth

David Rivard
Firestone

Pattiann Rogers
The Vicarious Experience

Jennifer Rose
Mostar Postcard

Mykola Rudenko
The King of Tasmania

Mark Rudman
Bad News

Scott Ruescher
I Look into the Pothole

Ihor Rymaruk
Untitled

Peter Sacks
Anthem

Ira Sadoff
The Threat of Another New England Winter and a Faltering Economy

Tomaz Salamun
Bambi

Christopher Sawyer-Laucanno
How It Is

Lloyd Schwartz
Lost Causes

Peter Dale Scott
Earthway

Alan Shapiro
Sunday at the Dump

Reginald Shepherd
Manifest

Jason Shinder
Crime

Charles Simic
The Tower

John Skoyles
Excuse for a Love Poem

Tom Sleigh
The Line

Bruce Smith
Something of Consolation

Jordan Smith
A Side of Beef

Patricia Smith
Skinhead

Piotr Sommer
Lighter, Darker

Clemente Soto Velez
from The Wooden Horse

William Stafford
Children Still Play

Sue Standing
Coeur d'Alene

George Starbuck
Toulomne

Frank Stewart
Searching for Ice

Patricia Storace
Pamina's Marriage Speech

Mark Strand
The Next Time

Sharan Strange
Hunger

Jules Supervielle
Prophecy

Terese Svoboda
A Few Drops of Blood or Grenadine

Brian Swann
Taking the Sun in a Carpark

Larissa Szporluk
Isolato

Wislawa Szymborska
A Few Words on the Soul

Yurly Tarnawsky
I Forgot Her Blue Ice

James Tate
The Florist

Nguyen Quang Thieu
The River

Joseph Torra
Reading Spicer's After Lorca

Patricia Traxler
The Rules of Joy

Natasha Trethewey
Letter

John Updike
Seattle Uplift

Cesar Vallejo
Paris, October 1936

Reetika Vazirani
To Angelina from Nikos in His Old Age

John Vieira
The Lake Swan, the Tom

Peter Viereck
Unthings

Mark Wagner
A Fine Cold

Derek Walcott
Achille in Africa

Rosanna Warren
Invitation au Voyage: Baltimore

Joshua Weiner
Nursery Rhyme

Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
Nearing Anne Frank

C. K. Williams
The Hovel

Terence Winch
REVERSE Number Speech

David Wojahn
My Father's Pornography

Charles Wright
Omaggio A Pavese

Franz Wright
Rorschach Test

Kevin Young
Everywhere Is Out of Town

Saadi Youssef
The Fence

Oksana Zabuzhko
A Definition of Poetry

Adam Zagajewski
The Soul

Poets of Interest in this issue:

Amiri Baraka
Tom Ass Clarence

 

Jill Bialosky
Subterranean

 

Frank Bidart
Now in Your Hand

 

Sophie Cabot Black
The Wait

 

Lucie Brock-Broido
I Wish You Love

 

Joel Brouwer
History

 

Paul Celan
Untitled

 

Dan Chiasson
Vermont

 

Martha Collins
Them

 

Olena Kalytiak Davis
A Small Number

 

Mark Doty
A Cataloge for Cooks

 

Rita Dove
Weathering Out

 

Norman Dubie
In the Beginning There Was theEnd of Solitude, Beginning Again:

 

Stephen Dunn
Refugees in the Garden

 

Russell Edson
Catastrophe at Sea

 

Thomas Sayers Ellis
T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M.

 

Miranda Field
As the Crow Flies, So Will It Fall

 

Carol Frost
As You Might Claim Love

 

James Galvin
So Long

 

Louise Gluck
Telemachus' Fantasy

 

Albert Goldbarth
A History of Civilization

 

Thom Gunn
Memory Unsettled

 

Mark Halliday
New Wife

 

Robert Hass
Layover

 

Seamus Heaney
from Squarings

 

Brenda Hillman
His Shadow

 

Edward Hirsch
Gerard de Nerval: Fairytale for a Whore

 

Jane Hirshfield
Metempsychosis

 

Tony Hoagland
Fiddler's Convention

 

Fanny Howe
Banking

 

Marie Howe
Gretel, from a Sudden Clearing

 

Mark Irwin
Tock

 

Yusef Komunyakaa
In Love with the Nightstalker

 

Joseph Lease
Words Like Rain

 

David Lehman
Les Enfants Terrible

 

Philip Levine
Take My Neighbor

 

Thomas Lux
Walt Whitman's Braing Dropped on Laboratory Floor

 

Heather McHugh
Pay Per View

 

Jane Miller
Bandits and White Sand, a Lament

 

Sharon Olds
Directly

 

Carl Phillips
The Glade

 

Robert Pinsky
Window

 

Stanley Plumly
For jan Palach, a Name Drawn by Lot

 

Bin Ramke
Like Ulysses

 

Donald Revell
The Secessions on Loan

 

Adrienne Rich
Take

 

Tomaz Salamun
Bambi

 

Alan Shapiro
Sunday at the Dump

 

Charles Simic
The Tower

 

Jordan Smith
A Side of Beef

 

Patricia Smith
Skinhead

 

Mark Strand
The Next Time

 

Larissa Szporluk
Isolato

 

James Tate
The Florist

 

Derek Walcott
Achille in Africa

 

David Wojahn
My Father's Pornography

 

Charles Wright
Omaggio A Pavese