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Breath & Shadow

Winter 2023 - Vol. 20, Issue 1


written by

Allison Whittenberg

my dry wit

held its own

as the rain came down

in spits

then a geyser

we kept talking and talking at the outside table

al fresco -- all wet, oh


your zingers


in the dampness

left us

talking about every little




Allison Whittenberg is an award-winning poet, short story writer, playwright, novelist and a Teacher for the Indiana Writers Center. Her novels are Sweet Thang, Hollywood and Maine, Life is Fine, Tutored (Random House 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010). Her work has appeared in Flying Island, Feminist Studies,Inconclast, and The Ekphrastic Review. She is author of the full-length short story collection, Carnival of Reality (Loyola University Press, 2022). Whittenberg is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee.

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