Note: You can click on each title to go. Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I had a poem published in this magazine years ago.
The fall 2019 edition of Breath & Shadow is another great issue. There was a grandmother phoenix, a relationship brought to its knees by religion, a broken spice bottle as a symbol of something bigger, and more. You should check it out, if you haven't already.
In no particular order, my four favorite pieces from the issue:
1. "Drown" by Elizabeth Devine
This short poem is gorgeous... and dark. It takes on what toxic relationships or the world can demand of us (just my interpretation). Each image is crisp.
2. Content Warning: Drug use/Overdose/Suicide
"The Ghosts Who Carry Us" by Elizabeth Devine
A sad and difficult prose piece on addiction, who we lose, and how we carry on.
3. "You Ask Me Why I Wear Bright Colors" by Jennifer Bradpiece
A poem on the colors associated with different aspects of (chronic) pain. The end of the poem has quite an impact.
4. "Masquerading Stranger" by Karen Craig
Multiple sclerosis (referred to as Ms) stalks the narrator. The personification of the disease and prescribed medications added a nice, compelling tension to the story.