by Sarah Swandell


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Sarah Swandell is a writer, singer/songwriter, and pastor, now on family leave to care for her toddler daughter. Her work has appeared in The Christian Century, 100 Word Story, and Ruminate.


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

The piece is all true. For the longest time the dissection at the end felt like my deepest secret. I guess it doesn’t feel as scary to share anymore. There’s a phrase, “morbid curiosity,” for a reason. I’m grateful my husband didn’t judge me for anything that happened during that time (or if he did, he’s better at keeping things from me than I from him). He chose a magnolia leaf for the tissue to rest on, a real sign of tenderness, as we examined it before the burial.


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Poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction/prose poetry submissions are now OPEN. The reading period for standard submissions closes June 15, 2021. Topical Thursdays’ submissions are open year-round. Submit here.


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