Joshua Mehigan, whose poems “How Strange, How Sweet” and “Believe It” appear in Issue 06 of The Common, was born and raised in upstate New York. His poems have been published in a variety of journals and magazines, including Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, The New Republic, Parnassu: Poetry in Review, and The New York Times. His most recent book, The Optimist, was published in 2004 by the Ohio University Press and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
STEVEN LEYVA Get down to the smallest birthright / I cannot claim: say beignets / and doesn’t the stutter of hot oil start / to sizzle the small plates of memory? / Faces powdered with sugar, no thought /
to whose ancestors cut which cane, sing /
a hymn of “mmm, mmm, mmm.”
LOREN GOODMAN In these last hours / Of the Passover Seder / It is said by the higher / Chasidic Scholars that time / Loses its essence and that /
We are at least once, with /
The help of memory (at this /
Time “even the future can be /
Remembered”) able to defeat / It. Something to do /
With the wine.
MORIEL ROTHMAN-ZECHER The chunk of the ball / On the cracked blacktop / And our torsos so covered / In sweat nearby the sea / Swells and the smell seeps / Into our hair and the air / Turns into night all around us / And the pebbles of the ball / Still tickle our palms as smoke / Trickles into our lungs...