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Sven Birkerts
Director, writing seminars; Editor, Bennington College, Vermont; AGNI literary journal.
Sven Birkerts is the director of the writing seminars at Bennington College in Vermont and Editor of the literary journal AGNI. His latest book is The Other Walk: Essays (2011).

Written by Sven Birkerts

Essay/
Beauty and aesthetics
The unearned gift

How does it feel when writer’s block finally gives way, and what is it that brings back the grace of creation?

Sven Birkerts

Essay/
Death
Last words

As we mourn the poet, do we not mourn the loss of what he had in his keeping: a way of living that served us for aeons?

Sven Birkerts

Essay/
Consciousness and altered states
The art of attention

The peculiar vividness of the world becomes clear when we slow down and attend, learning to see all things anew

Sven Birkerts