In 2008, HappenStance began publishing book-length collections and the very first book was D A Prince’s Nearly the Happy Hour. Six years later, here is the poet’s second collection, this time in hardback—a beautiful volume to handle and read. The poems here are graceful and investigative: they relish the space between a journey’s beginning and its destination, an opportunity to catch the world off-guard. Those readers already familiar with D A Prince’s understated style, careful wit, and precise, lyrical phrasing will have high expectations. They won’t be disappointed. Common Ground is uncommonly good.