View of Coney Island boardwalk and ferris wheel from the beach


First morning in Nueva York, in los EEUU, and Néstor in the kitchen was a stone his daughter rushed around like river water. Two years past her quinceañera, thirteen years since he last saw her. Néstor had kept running all the numbers in his head the whole way up to la Frontera.

Chairs and a table in an old wooden shed, open and looking out onto a green lawn with a large tree in the background

The Shed

In less than five minutes I’d ordered the autopsy report and the photos—five dollars each for six police photographs. I slid a forefinger into that one-inch window and cautiously lifted the envelope away from the contents. On the first letter-size page was the edge of an image: green grass.

The Common logo (black box) in between POETRY and FEATURE, in white print on a light green background

May 2018 Poetry Feature

The mummy unwound her bandages, inserted her organs, false eyes, and went out for a bite. They make lovely spinach gnocchi at Jimmy’s, she thought, and headed toward the river.

Kirstin Allio headshot

On Noticing: an interview with Kirstin Allio

This phrase about being a “noticer” is cropping up everywhere lately. Maybe because we are all sort of skimming across our own lives, as if we were in a rush to get to the end, with a premium placed on productivity—including downtime gazing on some kind of screen-borne information.

Berlin’s Deutsches Historisches Museum

The Globe

You can sympathize with this feeling, this desire to hobble the murderers and their powerful symbols. It is unlikely that, in this moment, they were thinking of The Great Dictator.

Garden for the Blind

Review: Garden for the Blind

Garden for the Blind is a more idiosyncratic book than one might realize after a cursory read, a provocative and unconventional meditation on privilege, fate, and the city of Detroit.

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