Joshua Mehigan, whose poems “How Strange, How Sweet” and “Believe It” appear in Issue 06 of The Common, was born and raised in upstate New York. His poems have been published in a variety of journals and magazines, including Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, The New Republic, Parnassu: Poetry in Review, and The New York Times. His most recent book, The Optimist, was published in 2004 by the Ohio University Press and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
CORTNEY LAMAR CHARLESTON Yes, that's a painting of Jesus. His skin / is different colors in different people's houses. That’s / a bad school. Those metal bars keep bad people out. That’s where /
grown-ups get their alcohol. Yes, kids can get candy there. This is / money and this is money, too. Not everyone has that.
VIEVEE FRANCIS And if it comes to pass, the would be politician, or the lover, / and what was said was never meant, is now distant / as those moments your desire swirled about you / like new snow, cold and brisk and enlivening, remember / it was you feeling adrift, / misunderstood, calamitous
GERRY LaFEMINA, ELLEN DORE WATSON, STEVE BARBARO Giant shadows of wind, the semis blow by, / bemoaning lost mileage; the drivers / on that mad combination of caffeine, adrenaline, / & speed. The skyline something crossed out— / not a bad word, necessarily, but a right phrase / at the wrong moment.