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The Truth of the Matter

Karen Loeb

Later he showed us where he kept the food for his falcon-in -training. He walked us over to a small bathroom and pulled back the shower curtain revealing dozens of fluffy baby chicks cheeping, moving around in the shower stall, and all I could think of was yellow, they’re so yellow. It was a color that broke my heart.

Karen Loeb’s poems and stories have appeared recently in Big City Lit, Halfway Down the Stairs, Thema, Foreign Literary Journal, and Hope is the Thing, an anthology from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Her work has won both the fiction and poetry contests in Wisconsin People and Ideas. She was the Eau Claire, Wisconsin writer-in-residence during 2018-2020.