It’s Friday, and that means it’s time we announced our final Blogtest finalist: Adrienne Brock! You can find the other finalists’ work here, here, here, and here. At precisely noon today, voting will begin, and the outcome of that voting will determine the winner. The poll will be open until 11:59pm Sunday evening, so make sure you vote for your favorite! And now, for your reading pleasure, the work of Adrienne Brock.

Once when I was eight, my father stretched out his arm and underlined a syllable I struggled to read aloud, and his lips appeared, soft and pink instruments that waved away mystery amid the caterwauling of his thick beard.