Usually things gotta burn to be beautiful.
Brendan Gillen is a writer in Brooklyn, NY. His work has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and appears in Wigleaf, Taco Bell Quarterly, HAD, X-R-A-Y, South Carolina Review, Longleaf Review and elsewhere. His debut chapbook, I've Given This a Lot of Thought, is available now via Bottlecap Press. His first novel, STATIC, is forthcoming from Vine Leaves Press (July '24). You can find him online at bgillen.com and on Twitter/IG @beegillen.