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inverted biography This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

when you come out into this world
backwards,
breech baby, everything
holds its own weight.

at three, i held on tightly to a lamp post
breathed until the metal's taste burned my throat.
at seven, i fell, deeply, irreparably in love
with the sound of a music box, with the sharp sting
of a paper cut.

i ran away from home
and swam in rivers for a year.
i let the foam lap against my thighs
curled my toes in the briny water
watched the fish choke writhing.
i came home and life was longer.

at ten, i stumbled into a book.
i smelled the pages' perfumed musk
i bounced atop the inky e's
waltzed with t's
fell asleep sprawled on a predicate.
at thirteen, i changed my name
once, twice, thirteen times
dina, agnes, tess, phoebe
when i stopped i couldn't remember who or how or why

i grew out my hair
so long it trailed fifteen miles behind me
one mile for every year –
so long i tripped and plunged down a rabbit hole

and,
at seventeen when i emerged,
head first this time,
i stepped on hard ground.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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