October 29th, 2014 | 5:00am

Issue 08 is here! Read Jonathan Moody’s poem, “Dear 2Pac,” and pick up a copy of Issue 08 today.

I begin with Byron & Tennyson
& watch my students bury
their heads on desks; they rest
easier than the deceased. Dear 2PAC,
it’s me against the world of Indifference. [Click here to read on...]

October 28th, 2014 | 5:00am

Issue 08 is here! Read an excerpt from Sarah Smarsh’s essay, “Death of the Farm Family,” and pick up a copy of Issue 08 today.

It was unlikely that Betty and Jeannie would end up in the country. They’d always moved among cities—Wichita, Chicago, Denver, Dallas—and neighboring small towns. And it was unlikely they’d stay for long. They first hit the road when Betty was a teenager and Jeannie a baby, and by the time Jeannie was in high school they’d changed addresses forty-eight times. In the late 1970s, though, they landed for a good while on a Kansas farm. [Click here to read on...]

October 27th, 2014 | 5:00am

Issue 08 is here! Read Jennifer AckerThe Common Statement,” and pick up a copy of Issue 08 today.

To get anywhere from the borgo—the walled-in cluster of medieval houses and skinny lanes connecting the castle, the church, and a tiny grassy square—one must go steeply downhill and then steeply up. Each morning, I choose a different high point from which to take in the magnetic hills of this corner of Lunigiana in northwest Tuscany, where friends have made a part-time home. Once I saw a handful of seniors out for a stroll, and I often say hello to a man in his eighties whose dog takes him out for jaunts, very slowly due to his heart trouble, but otherwise I encounter no one. [Click here to read on...]

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Sally
October 24th, 2014 | 5:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Sally

This month it’s our pleasure to present new work from Korea: three poems by Lim Sun-Ki translated by Suh Hong Won.

October 23rd, 2014 | 5:00am

Welcome readers and listeners! This is The Common Contributor Podcast from The Common magazine. Every other month, we invite our contributors to read and discuss each other's work. This month, we discuss two poems from Issue 06Labyrinth 76” by Oliver de la Paz and Apple by L.S. Klatt.