Selected Poems
& Short Prose

No. 9 | Spring 2017

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Photograph of a yellow house in a sunny forest

Table Music
as Poetry and Prose

No. 8 | August 2015

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Photograph of people walking through a high stone arch with an elaborate ironwork gate

“Omaha Beach” and “Sort of a Memoir”

No. 7 | January 2015

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A photo through a car windshield of a white horse beside the road on a dark, foggy day.

“The Barn Partitas” and “In Memory”

No. 6 | December 2014

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A photo of a cloudy, orange sunset through a rainy window.

Marriage, Family
& Friendship

No. 5 | October 2011

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Black and white photo of a girl and a woman sitting outside in bright sun, the woman in a dark dress and broad hat

Memoir + Polemic

No. 4 | July 2010

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An office looking out on a garden: "The threshing floor at the polemical mill."

Visit to Alpujarra

No. 3 | April 2009

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Slow & Terroir

No. 2 | March 2009

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Quotes & Thoughts

No. 1 | August 2008

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Common Place Journal:

January 1 17

This issue was drawn entirely from my Tumblr site— Several others were written on the road or started there. Along with commissioned pieces and personal essays, it documents my foray into sonnets and my recent return to free verse. The main claim I can make for it is that it continues. —Berkeley, late winter, 2017

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June 18 09

I started Common Place in April 2008, while visiting my daughter in Alpujarra, south of Granada, Spain. It was there, in her small house, that I began writing “Quotes & Thoughts.” I turned it into a small journal because it provided a convenient framework. Later, knowing that nothing lives now without a web presence, I enlisted Ben Brinkley, my niece’s husband,to help recast it as an online publication. This is the result. Common Place was the name my sister, Alice Parman (mother of Ben’s wife Rachael Carnes), gave to “Quotes & Thoughts,” noting that commonplace books were a favored genre in 18th-century England. —John Parman

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