How She Falls

by Danielle Dyal

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Danielle Dyal studies English Writing and Communications at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is accompanied by her deeply troubled goldfish. She is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her work is also featured in Collision Literary Magazine.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “How She Falls”?

I rarely write about myself due to the unfortunate lack of enthralling adventure my life contains, but “How She Falls” ended up being a somewhat biographical piece. I have this reflexive tendency to become instantly infatuated with boys who wear striped sweaters, guys with red Converse, strangers with disheveled hair – completely random people for increasingly arbitrary reasons. I also dressed up as Johannes Gutenberg for an elementary school presentation and buy my Splenda in packets despite my otherwise stingy habits. My life is not full of adventure, tragic love, or illuminating moments of clarity, but I wanted to find some sort of beauty in my everyday. With this piece, I listed my internal thoughts and realized maybe there is something poetic in the parts of ourselves we have become so accustomed to that don’t seem worth mentioning until the moment we do.


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Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now closed. The reading period for standard submissions opens again March 15, 2023. Submit here.


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