Poetry by Allison Whittenberg

Waters Wine

by Allison Whittenberg

The balance of bliss is pain
The balance of pain is enlightenment
The balance of enlightenment is more enlightenment
The balance of more enlightenment is transcendence
The balance of transcendence is alienation
The balance of alienation is bliss


Life Slips

by Allison Whittenberg

Life slips
like two weeks like five years like coupon clippings
From a thick Sunday pull out
Shiny, vivid
Promising bargains in primary colors
Coupons expire
And expire and expire


Allison Whittenberg is a poet and novelist (LIFE IS FINE, SWEET THANG,
HOLLYWOOD AND MAINE all from Random House). She lives in Philadelphia.

One thought on “Poetry by Allison Whittenberg

  1. very nice poetry…i especially liked Life Slips…thought that was lovely….Coupons expire/And expire and expire…very nice

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