Issue 13 Summer 2018 HANIF ABDURRAQIB is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain’t Worth Much, was released in […]
DEBORAH FLANAGAN‘s chapbook, Or, Gone, was the winner of Tupelo Press’s Snowbound Series Chapbook Award, and AGNI recently nominated her work for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has appeared in journals including The Gettysburg Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, FIELD, and The Southern Review, among others. Deborah lives in New York City.
All night a knife sleeps in the sand, next to a monk eating an onion in the desert. The knife slices through the onion’s delusions. The monk extracts knives of various shapes and sizes from his chest, throat, shoulder; wipes off each one, dabs at the blood. He is so hard on himself. The knife […]
In 762, poet Li Po kisses the reflection of the moon beside his boat, falls overboard and drowns. I like men and moons. His head, an old chandelier, going dark. In 1911, Distiller Jack Daniel kicks his safe: can’t remember the combination. Dies from blood poisoning from his infected toe. In 1387, […]
There was no shadow over my G.D.R. childhood. Later I acted in such a way that I would not have to live in constant conflict with the state.” –Angela Merkel As a child she stands on the diving board for the full hour of her swimming lesson: at the bell, she finally jumps. […]
INTERVIEWS Hanif Abdurraqib interviewed by Ruth Awad Joy Is Not Promised to You ESSAYS Joshua Bernstein The Gospel of Dearth Tom Larsen The Nightmare Next Door Jerome Richard Good and Decent People Janette Schafer The Miracle of Ordinary FICTION Eric Barnes Time Space Thomas Jacobs The Death of Z Ignacio Ortiz Monasterio Fighting for His […]