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Swimming in Grief, by Sue Pace

FictionPosted by editor Tue, August 14, 2012 13:34:55
Reaction to and reflection on Swimming in Grief, by Sue Pace.

Sue Pace has had almost 80 publications of short fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and poetry published over the past god-knows-how-many years. She is delighted to have her work included in Prole.

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Posted by Sue Pace Wed, September 12, 2012 07:44:46

Thank you Claire...I appreciate your comments. It is such a pleasure for me to be published in "Prole" because I trust both the editors and also the readers....as in the ones who read the journal.

Posted by Claire Booker Mon, September 10, 2012 19:33:57

A touching and very insightful story - kept me reading to the very end. Plus some really beautiful language - I love 'bone white moon', 'chopped holes into every seaworthy vessel' etc. I shall re-read it with pleasure.

Posted by Sue Pace Mon, September 03, 2012 19:52:40

Oh, Norm, your grant writing has made possible for people to not only survive, but survive with dignity and a little comfort. Thank you so much for your comments and for your conversations about writing, feelings, and, as you put it, messiness of lfe.

Posted by Norm Frampton Mon, September 03, 2012 19:38:03

In my world of 9 to 5 writing, fiction can tell a truth that factual reporting often slaughters. As a technical writer, I am often conflicted over the verbal tools of my trade. Sometimes a little ‘fiction’ in a technical piece would make the point nicely. Instead, I’ll torture a few sentences; remove their emotional limbs - to make them fit my reality. In Swimming in Grief, Sue Pace makes this conflict visceral. Her characters bump into the bloodied walls of life, and in the reading I found my left brain and right brain were ready for the fight. Here is a story that argues both fiction and fact speak the truth. The narrative that goes on in the head, between friends, or within a family may be messy but it is the narrative itself – the story telling – that gets the job done. (And, being a good story teller, the author made this technical writer smile and cry in the same sentence.) From all parts of me, thank you Sue Pace for this fine piece of prose.