Photo by Carl Berger from Flickr Creative Commons
September 6th, 2013 | 8:00am

Photo by Carl Berger from Flickr Creative Commons

It’s summer in Zion National Park, and I am thinking about water. Thunderstorms have felled trees and left silt in the air, and the river slicing through the center of the canyon rushes high and murky, the warm red brown of long-brewed chai. Sagebrush sweetness mixes with evergreen; cedar leaves rustle; and in the morning cool below mountains of rock, it doesn’t feel like Utah.

Silhouettes of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost – from the “Poetic Dialogue” statues in Amherst, MA – courtesy of Philip Chapman-Bell on Flickr Creative Commons.
September 5th, 2013 | 8:00am

Silhouettes of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost – from the “Poetic Dialogue” statues in Amherst, MA – 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, Haidee Kruger reads "Writer," originally published in Issue 04.

Photo by Jacob Schepers, "Downtown McBain"
September 4th, 2013 | 8:00am

 

A handmade dress passed down

from your mother finds space

in the cedar chest at the foot

of the bed. The chest, a relic

of your father’s, bore a new

 

September 3rd, 2013 | 8:00am


Terese Svoboda is the author of several books of poetry and prose, most recently the novel Bohemian Girl, which Booklist named one of the ten best Westerns of 2012. Her fourth novel, Tin God, was re-issued this year. Zinzi Clemmons caught up with her during a mild August to discuss Sudan, life in foreign cultures, and multi-genre writing.
 

August 23rd, 2013 | 8:00am

This week, as an end-of-summer treat, we present you three stories by The Common contributors originally published in our special Summer Fiction Issue.  Enjoy!