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Katie Condon, Age 16

A recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Inprint, Katie Condon is a poet whose work has appeared in The Adroit Journal, Indiana Review, New Ohio Review, and the anthology Hallelujah for 50ft Women. She wrote this poem, “Love is a Weather Pattern,” in the tenth grade.

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Love is a Weather Pattern

— Katie Condon, Age 16

Katie Condon

“At sixteen, I was living in Connecticut and spent most days feeling simultaneously dejected and profound. When I wasn’t taking one million selfies for Myspace or playing basketball, I was hiking to lakes I was convinced no one else knew about and carving ‘KC + ?’ into birch tree trunks along the way. I took pride, I think, in being a hopelessly romantic pile of mush, especially when I was writing the song lyrics I dreamed I’d sell to Alison Krauss.”