An Autobiography by Bethany Brower

an autobiography
Bethany Brower

I grew up

to the sound of metallic blood ringing across my tongue
when my mind pretended it was a gnat
singing and drowning in puddles of subconscious

to the taste of late summer winds
when hurricanes rolled by to mix up the week

to the invasive buzz stroking winter maroon
when a whole family of brains also turned to gnats

I keep growing

because the gnat has such a short lifespan
when mine is approximately eighty-one years

because maroon can also be beautiful
when dressing Bradfords
on the coast in November


Bethany Brower is a fourth-year student at UNCG studying English. She hopes to be a successful author and a creative writing professor one day.

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