The following reviews accompany the Exiles issue of Agenda:
Omar Sabbagh on Sudeep Sen's The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians
Tim Liardet on Fiona Sampson's A Map of Contemporary British Poetry (Chatto & Windus)
The following essays accompany the Celtic Mists issue of Agenda:
Derek Mahon: Wind and Limb: Patrick MacDonogh
Gabriel Rosenstock: The Irish Language and its Literature:
a Brief Overview
Anne Marie Connolly: The Poetry Pamphlet in Scotland
Wendy Holborow: Tegwen Lewis: Neglected Celtic Poet (1915-1988)
Omar Sabbagh: The Headiness, The Heaviness of Womanhood
Zoe Brigley: Conquest (Bloodaxe Books)
The following essays accompany the Retrospectives issue of Agenda:
Francis O’Gorman: Remembering Edward Thomas
John Greening: Braided Syntax: Amy Clampitt (1920-1994)
Tony Roberts: Maxine Kumin at Fifty
Shanta Acharya: To Taste That Various, Universal Bliss:
The Poetry of Rabindranath Tagore
Supplementary essays on John Burnside:
Jaime Robles, Maitreyabandhu, Alan Stubbs
'The New Women's Poetry in Wales' by Ian Gregson, Professor of English at the University of Bangor (whose 2 poems are in the Welsh issue).
Introduction to Lynette Roberts by Professor Patrick McGuinness of St. Anne's College, Oxford.
The following essay(s)/review(s) and poem to Sylvia Plath accompany the Past Histories issue of Agenda magazine Vol. 43 No.1
Susan Sindall lives in New York. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, and her full-length manuscript, Long Division, was a semi-finalist in the Morton Poetry Contest at Sarabande Books in 1998, She co-edits Heliotrope and teaches in Kingston, New York.
Plath in the Boston Globe 1952
I stared at the newsprint
portrait: a college girl’s even pageboy
and gloss framing her equally
perfect teeth. In the photo
of the house beside, I studied
the lattice, criss-crossed
to hide the basement where
she was found alive.
She had put herself
to bed in a quiet berth against
her mother’s foundation – tucked herself in
between her mother’s beams.
breathing in the clean, musty scent
of a basement like mine,
as if surrounded
by the finally peaceful
mice and clay dust
of cement blocks.
What chemical powder
had escaped in the Globe’s darkroom,
frosting the black-and-white photographs
with a tiny, white-star stigmata?
When I put the newspaper down,
in the air around me.
William Bedford: Letters of Ted Hughes selected and edited by Christopher Reid (Faber 2007)
Two essays by young writers: Andre Naffis (21) and Caroline Clarke (30)
Andre Naffis: Fernando Pessoa's Dreams of Albion
Caroline Clark: The Midday Still Life: a first impression on reading Leonid Aronzon's poetry
Roger Elkin: Hidden Influences in the Poetry of Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath
The following essay(s) accompany the Rilke issue of Agenda magazine Vol. 42 Nos. 3-4
Will Stone: A Visionary Infection: The Anatomy of Movement in Georg Trakl's Poetry
The following essays accompany the US issue of Agenda magazine
Vol. 41 Nos. 3-4
Tony Roberts: The Wounded Surgeon
Lance Lee: The American Voice
James Aitchison: Dancing on Variable Feet * Readers are invited to comment by email on this essay and to establish a debate.
Thomas Day: 'Gerontion' and the Context of Belief
Myra Schneider: The Use of Voice in Louise Gluck's Poetry
Shanta Acharya: American Poetry Today: The Contribution of Poets From the Indian Subcontinent
Gavin Fergusson: The Application of Thought to Poetry: A Criticism of John Ashbery
The following essays accompany the Translation
as Metamorphosis issue of Agenda magazine
Thomas Day: Translation as Resurrection: Charles Tomlinson's 'The Return'
The Challenges of Translation
Renga and Renshi: Linked Poems, Linked Traditions
Translation Both Ways
Michael Lister: Muriel Spark and the Business
of Poetry, or All
the Poems of Muriel Spark, New Directions,
New York; and Carcanet, England
Essays which are supplements to previous issues
Rached Khalifa: The Rhetoric of Transition or
Political Allegoria in the Young Yeats
The Poetry of Padraic Fallon by kind permission
of Madeleine Brody
Joe Allard's Review: The Backyards of Heaven: An Anthology
of Contemporary Poetry from Ireland
James Aitchison: Quick Reciprocations: The Real Rhythms of Poetry
Desmond O' Grady Influences