434 wires unlock the land double-decked suspension hot for incandescence a 14 lane corridor top exposed stiffening truss to come over
limbs sling across the chasm 100 million self propelled cells carbon hardening soft iron opens all 29 tolls bottom enclosed can’t afford
Alexandra Watson is a poet and fiction writer from Syracuse, New York. She serves as executive editor of Apogee Journal, a publication amplifying historically marginalized voices. She teaches writing at Barnard College in New York City.
PRIYANKA SACHETI Priyanka Sacheti speaks to managing editor Emily Everett about her essay “Oman is Mars: An Alien All Along,” which appears in a portfolio of writing from the Arabian Gulf, in The Common’s fall issue. In this conversation, Priyanka talks about her feeling of not belonging anywhere—born in Australia to an Indian family, but growing up in Oman as a third culture kid.
ESTHER RAMÓN Two of those brief animals / that populated the branches / and the furniture made useless / by humidity and neglect. / They were separated / From time that burns as it passes, / from this insignificance, / from the feeding cycle, / my desires in the shredded remains
ALDO AMPARÁN Nights alone I tread / I drag the cloak // through the mud of the old / municipal gardens / ancient heirloom my family’s ghosts // exhale / between its woven thread / of silk & cotton / some old // cousin too distant / to have known me // in his life speaks / broken Spanish...