This selection is from Troelstrup’s book, Within Mutiny.
in the sunflower
took your green and raised you neon
panting for the break
new skinlike new bodies
you babies blaring from your soil, on to mine
I must keep short indulgence
mother of logic
play this pace of dusting plates
and reaching for another spot
Holms Troelstrup received her MA from Illinois State University where she was the Sutherland Fellow in poetry and recipient of the William Morgan Poetry award. She was a previous winner of The Guild Complex Very Short Fiction competition. Currently, Holms’s work can be found in Dirty : Dirty (Jaded Ibis Press), SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review), Limestone, and online at Moria and Seven Corners (7C). Holms teaches writing at Bradley University and resides in Bloomington, Illinois, where she runs Holmsy Handmade, which produces all-natural soy and beeswax candles.
T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently four sparks fall: a novella (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, 2013) and, with Erin Elizabeth Smith, Skate or Die (Dusie Kollektiv, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Reunion: The Dallas Review, West Wind Review, Hobart, Ninth Letter, and Phoebe, among others. A weightlifter, crafter, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she serves as the Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press, and Literary Arts Director for the Sundress Academy of the Arts.