February 14th, 2014 | 9:00am

There was no after-the-rain smell when I was in Varanasi, not even along the river Ganges where waters are wide in January; the white fog curtain erases the farthest bank so that just sky, boats, and water make up the shore. In the city’s brown streets, trash runs steadily through silt-carved gullies. Waste sandcastles build in its empty lots.

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Juan Antonio González Iglesias Trans. Curtis Bauer
February 12th, 2014 | 9:00am

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para María Victoria Atencia

Todas y cada una de las cosas

del mundo tienen hoy exactitud

matinal. Esta dulce luz de Málaga

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user James Helminski
February 11th, 2014 | 9:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user James Helminski

Jim’s garden, like all gardens, was a work of deception.

I had a view of it from my side yard where the bamboo hedge had been reluctant to fill in, framing what it was supposed to hide: a sort of jungle fantasy some two hundred miles north of the tropics, shaded by laurel oaks. The short-lived, disease-prone trees were liable to come apart at any second but their thick trunks gave a sense of timeless stability, for the moment. 

Curated by Pamela Russell and Sheila Flaherty-Jones
February 7th, 2014 | 9:00am

Sidney Waugh was a twentieth-century sculptor best known for architectural and large-scale works on the one hand, and for smaller designs for glass and medallions on the other. As lead creative artist at Steuben Glass in New York, he elevated glass to a fine art medium, while also designing many public and private monuments on the East Coast of the United States. Waugh worked in a style typical of the 1930s and 1940s that owed much to the Art Deco aesthetic, emphasizing symmetry and simple, linear forms.

Image of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost "Poetic Dialogue" silhouettes courtesy of Philip Chapman-Bell on Flickr Creative Commons.
February 6th, 2014 | 8:00am

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, Corinna McClanahan Schroeder reads "Miss Ohio Teaches You To Drive," originally published in Issue 02.