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November 11th, 2013 | 7:00am


Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Jonathan D. Blundell

Strange to go back

To the house I’d left

Eight months before.

Empty now, sold

Short, short-sale, mortgage

Underwater, upsidedown.

November 8th, 2013 | 7:00am

Six months ago, Paul Salopek walked out of Herto Bouri, Ethiopia, heading northwest across the parched expanse of the Great Rift Valley.  He will be walking for the next seven years.

November 7th, 2013 | 7:00am

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, Manohar Shetty reads "Born Still," originally published in Issue 03.

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November 6th, 2013 | 7:00am


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My family and I recently relocated to Brazil, the motherland I left over twenty years ago.  Our reasons for moving were whimsical, devised in the middle of a torturous Wisconsin winter: the lure of adventure, the tropical climate and, our one practical excuse, the opportunity for my husband and daughter to master Portuguese – a language I considered my own.

November 5th, 2013 | 7:00am

David Lehman, born and raised in New York City, is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection New and Selected Poems, published by Scribner. He is Series Editor of The Best American Poetry anthology and co-founder of the KGB bar poetry reading series. His poems "Mother Died Today," "Remember the Typewriter," and "The Bronze Décor"appeared in Issue No. 05 of The Common.