Conversations: E. C. Osondu and William Pierce

Two authors talk African literature, race in publishing, politics, nostalgia, and more.

Two Dozen Dancers: Representing a Masterpiece

What does it mean that the artist didn't design their most well-known work?

The Mastery of Absences

Daniel Maidman on China Miéville’s This Census-Taker and the art of the lacuna.

With Each Breath: A Memoir of Survival

“No, your mother is okay,” he told me, “it’s your brother. He shot himself.”

Eucharist: With the People from the Bridge

Robert Zaller on the eschatology of Dimitris Lyacos’s acclaimed long poem.


Conversations: E. C. Osondu and William Pierce

E. C. Osondu In 2006, after the publication of his first two stories, E. C. Osondu came to Boston to read for AGNI, the magazine I edit with Sven Birkerts….

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Two Dozen Dancers: Representing a Masterpiece

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, sets its Little Dancer Aged Fourteen at the end of the second-floor hallway above its Fenway entrance. With her Egyptian-god stance and silk tutu…

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The Mastery of Absences: China Miéville’s This Census-Taker

If texts with narrative plots and wholesome structures are read and written according to disciplines and procedures conforming to their configurations, then perforated structures, degenerate formations, and plot holes must…

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With Each Breath: A Memoir of Survival

Code blue in room 241. The announcement is made in an unhurried, neutral tone. Code blue in room 241. I push my food away, jump up, heave open the heavy…

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Eucharist: Dimitris Lyacos’s “With the People from the Bridge”

“A Couple and Two Children Sleeping on a London Bridge” by Gustave Dore Dimitris Lyacos’s long, tripartite poem, Poena Damni, is one of the most important and challenging literary works…


Reverse Migration

After our month-long travels across southeastern Europe, Rowan and I arrived at my brother and sister-in-law’s apartment in Ankara ready for a home-cooked meal. We were (over) fed in typical…


A Conversation on Li Shangyin: Chloe Garcia Roberts & Guangchen Chen

This dialogue took place over the course of several months in early 2015 and was published in Chinese by the Beijing-based magazine, Painting, Calligraphy, Poetry (詩書畫) that same year. In…

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Knows It Knows Too Much: Jennifer L. Knox, Elliptical Compromises, and the Resolution of Humor

As long ago as 1998, Stephen Burt noticed a tendency for contemporary poets to want to have their cake and eat it too, to speak from the heart while gesticulating…

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The Tiniest Ark: Jennifer Moore’s The Veronica Maneuver

You never enter the same river twice, according to Heraclitus. Likewise, in Jennifer Moore’s debut collection, The Veronica Maneuver, you never enter the same poem twice—or at least, thanks to…


“A Picture of Great Detail”: The Art of David Jones

The Orchard, Capel-y-ffin, by David Jones, 1920s “And so I make for myself a picture of great detail,” said the great Homer scholar Milman Parry in a 1934 address to…

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