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In The Sense of Beauty, Santayana says “Beauty, as we feel it, is something indescribable: what it is or what it means can never be said.... It is an affection of the soul, a consciousness of joy and security, a pang, a dream, a pure pleasure. It suffuses an object without telling why; nor has it any need to ask the question”.

It is an honour to be published in AGNI, simply because "the question” in this magazine is so perversely stimulating. AGNI  has the courage not to be trite; not to rush to assure the prospective reader that it, like so many other innovators, thinks “outside the box.”

The maturity of this distinguished publication insists, by its silence, that it is wise to let others judge by the result what adjectives may be applied to its efforts; and that it is not only essential but deeply, staggeringly, creative to think within the box at times; to step into the frame of a painting; to become the poem, to look into a camera lens and from within it, draw in what lingers without. It is from within that all changes are wrought. It is from how we see where we are that others gain admittance.

The American writer, Pearl S. Buck once said that “the truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off...”

AGNI represents those who breathe, write, paint, render, read or collect that which lies before them like a land of dreams - into a perceivable beauty.

It is invisibility that is foremost in this publication of the visible - that quality which by its presence on canvas or paper or in the lungs suffuses an object with beauty “without telling why” and never asks anything so crude as the question.

AGNI nurtures this delicate symbiosis of inspiration and aspiration – and honours its writers who, like AGNI itself knew all along that unless we create it, there is no such thing as a box - and that sometimes constructing one is the highest art.

 ~ Harrison Solow, 2009