poetry

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 10:24am

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I’m here on the patio, no appetite,
drinking a salty margarita. I feel
my liver, ignore it like last night’s
glass of water. I’m tired of writing
you down when I should be writing
poems about place.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:00am

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Our first week, you showed me around
your empty capital in a dream. We skipped

Parliament and headed down Calea Victoriei,
lit beeswax candles for the living,

reviewed by Sarah Wetzel
Eye to Eye by Maria Terrone

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:40am

Eye to Eye by Maria Terrone

“Once / a single cell / found that it was full of light / and for the first time there was seeing.” With these words from W.S. Merwin, Maria Terrone opens her third full-length collection of poetry, Eye to Eye. If the unifying theme of Terrone’s book is seeing, as this quote and the book’s title imply, then Terrone sees the world in all its blemished and brutal multiplicities. She sets the stage with the collection’s first poem, “Spaccanapoli.”

Multiple Authors
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Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9:08am

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We’re pleased to offer our readers a selection from The Spines of Love by Mexican poet Victor Terán, translated from the Isthmus Zapotec by David Shook, as well as an excerpt from Chinese poet Xiao Hai's long poem Song of Shadows, translated by Zhu Yu. Both volumes were recently published by Restless Books

 

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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 1:27pm

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i want to travel with you like light, all over
 

wine and gondoliers, round pink-faced foreigners, street lamps
my hand in your black hair
and because we’re often laughing, we laugh
at how precious the buildings are in this drunken city
like piles of leaves we jump inside them

 

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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 1:28pm

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the stars are dust on gray carpet
unvacuumed
and a man with a newspaper beret
makes a wish on a rat

 

this city
will one day be ruled by fish
silent as the tombstone of myths

Multiple Authors

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:45am

It's time for our monthly poetry feature! Today, we are publishing eight new poems from The Common print contributors.

 

Sunday, May 25, 2014 - 3:29pm

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Translated by Martha Cooley and Antonio Romani

Friday, May 16, 2014 - 8:45am

In the small painting on canvas,

a nineteenth-century landscape

forgotten among old papers,

the house is clearly recognizable

and the mountain behind

with its sharp profile.

 

Image of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost "Poetic Dialogue" silhouettes courtesy of Philip Chapman-Bell on Flickr Creative Commons.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:45am

Image of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost "Poetic Dialogue" silhouettes courtesy of Philip Chapman-Bell on Flickr Creative Commons.

The first Thursday of each month, The Common showcases an audio recording of a poem from our print issue archive, read by the author.  This month, Norman Lock reads "Alphabet of Torment," originally published in Issue 03.

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