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...]

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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. 

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October 22nd, 2014 | 5:00am

Photo by Flickr Creative Commons user Malcolm Bott

Mid-May in Galicia. I was expecting rain and gloom but at five in the afternoon the sun is still high as I come down from the dusty hills into the town of Fisterra. Here, the path along the beach into town is made of flat stones that shine so brightly I can barely see. I want to stop someone and ask if this is heaven. I haven’t spoken a word out loud for hours.

October 21st, 2014 | 8:25am

Today were revisiting Katherine JamiesonCandyland After a Neutron Bomb.” Join us at our Issue 08 Launch Party tomorrow, where Katherine will be reading as a special guest!


On August 15th, 1955, a month after Disneyland Park opened its gates, the second theme park to be built in the US lowered its drawbridge for the first time to a humbler fanfare. “Enchanted Forest” was constructed on nineteen acres of farmland on the Baltimore National Pike, a Sunday’s drive from Washington, DC. As the story goes, Howard Harrison Sr. got the idea to build the place after reading nursery tales to his 13 grandchildren, and soon running it became a three-generation family effort. “There are no mechanical rides in the park,” Howard E. Harrison, Jr. told the Baltimore News-Post in an article that appeared on Enchanted Forest’s opening day. “Instead, we hope that the children will enjoy the make-believe figures that are before their eyes.” [Click here to read on...]