Born of Her Body

by Ashley Grubb


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Ashley Grubb lives in Topeka, Kansas, the city of poets (really! Look it up) where she is gainfully unemployed. This is her first published work since the 2004 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards, back when she, herself, was practically an embryo.

What surprising, fascinating stuff can you tell us about the origin, drafting, and/or final version of “Born of Her Body”?

    I didn’t have to do a lot of research for this piece. Once I began brainstorming the commentary on the main story, my brain surprised me with how much it knew about trees, fetal development, the composition of soil, and Biblical etymology and stories.

    I was also surprised by how interconnected all the pieces of commentary could be. In my research on Mary and myrrh, for example, I was pleasantly surprised that myrrh, too, has an arboreal connection, as it is derived from tree resin. Trees are so ubiquitous in our biology and culture that they are paradoxically easy to overlook.

    Capsula Mundi is a real invention, by the way, albeit sadly ensnared in red tape. I think it would be a beautiful thing to give one’s corpse, or even one’s life, to become a baby tree.

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