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Lifting Up the Log #4: "Slugged" by Annie Cowell

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Editor's note: To read "Slugged" is to experience a certain kind of obsession that is so specific it becomes universal--the hunt for that elusive solution. It may go without saying, but I love slugs, and this piece introduced a different type of relationship that a human could have with them, one that was more antagonistic than my personal experiences, which usually involved spying their crystal tracks on a sidewalk or stopping dead in my tracks during a hike to admire a slug in the midst of eating or sleeping or whatever else it is that slugs do. I appreciate poems for the ways they can make me see the world in a different way, and so with that in mind, I appreciate "Slugged," for the new perspective, but also the sharp details and, of course, for a perfect title.

  1. How did you come up with the title? It's a pun, based on the idea of the slug pulling the winning punch.

  2. What can you tell us about the inception of this piece? I live in Cyprus with a husband who has very green fingers and grows lots of great veg in our garden. The slugs, however, seem to think the veg is theirs and we have a constant battle to stop them eating everything before we do.

  3. If we could lift up the log of this piece, what would we see there? I researched ways to get rid of slugs and then became haunted by the idea of their various demises. I imagined them seeking revenge, and what that might be. It amused me to think that the slug would win the war- nature generally does in the end doesn't it?

  4. If this piece were a small forest creature, what kind of small forest creature would it be? Well it's a slug...


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Lifting Up the Log is an ongoing series designed to indulge our love for the story behind the story, as well as to give our beloved contributors an additional way to showcase the writing they have shared here.

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