Courtesy of the Minneapolis Parks Foundation
February 28th, 2014 | 9:00am

The Mississippi River meets only one waterfall on its wayward transcontinental course. It comes early, in the northern Midwest, at a site the Sioux knew as a place that was part real world, part spirit world. Seventeenth-century adventurers rumored about a “pigmy Niagra” called St. Anthony Falls. Pioneers from the young United States reached these waters early in the nineteenth century; they established simple mills for grist and lumber just as soon as property rights could be legally defined.

February 27th, 2014 | 9:00am


It's AWP week, and The Common is in Seattle! Come visit us at booth i21 to read our issues, subscribe, or simply say hi.

On your way home, don't forget to join us at McMenamins Six Arms Pub Thursday night for our A Year in Dispatches Reading (and drinks!). Featuring work from Katherine HillIra SukrungruangMargot SchlippKurt Caswell Brandi Katherine HerreraJeff Darren Muse, and Hannah Gersen

February 26th, 2014 | 9:00am

The crowds are a loaded pincushion
that pricks me as I lean into
the human tide. The rotunda’s marble

smells like forgotten marigolds
left to dry under fluorescent tubes.
Chris Cooper visits the AWP book fair

and for a moment everyone vaporizes—
everyone’s body seems to dematerialize—and all
that’s left are glossy, artsy covers and a hushed

Multiple Authors
February 21st, 2014 | 9:00am

This month The Common welcomes aboard four poets new to our pages: Maceo J. Whitaker, Claire Eder, Thomas March, and Jonathan Gerhardson. Two of these fine younger poets, Gerhardson and Whitaker, are being published for the first time. At The Common, we’re looking forward to more work by all four of them. Stay tuned.

Photo by flickr creative commons user Maurice Michael
February 19th, 2014 | 9:00am

Photo by flickr creative commons user Maurice Michael


Towards Algiers


The desert scatters

on our feet. It’s the only