Photos: Launch Party & Spring Benefit

Bethany BallThanks to everyone who came out to support us at our recent Spring Benefit & Issue Launch! We love coming to NYC to celebrate, and the evening was the perfect opportunity to meet, talk, laugh, and share the work of our authors and artists. Photos from the event are up on our Facebook page. Please check them out and feel free to tag yourself and your friends!

Thanks again for your support of The Common, and for celebrating with us.

Emily EverettPhotos: Launch Party & Spring Benefit

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We love any excuse to hear from our contributors! This month, our Issue 13 authors and poets tap into their literary communities as they recommend works by colleagues, friends, and Pulitzer Prize winners. United in their affection, the authors are nonetheless divided by their selections, as their choices shed light upon nowhereness, colonization, and Florida oranges.

Good Boys

MEGAN FERNANDES
Once in a car, a good boy / shook me hard. If you like it / that way in bed, then why are you… / the tiny bruises on my arms / where his prints pressed into my pink/ sleeves rose to the surface like rattles. / Like requests. They thrived there / for a week until they settled /

What’s Goin’ On?

JONATHAN MOODY
On Marvin Gaye’s birthday, the D.J. / introduces “Sexual Healing” as the sole song / responsible for why some of his listeners exist. / If he & his wife were having trouble conceiving, / he would’ve skipped over the cliché / the way he skipped over the details / of Marvin’s tragic death