The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Holms Troelstrup’s “murder”


This selection comes from Troelstrup’s book Within Mutiny


wasn’t it rhythm that kept us from teetering off the limb
the push of skin and tendency to stretch and contract

and though her wings held tight to closure
her squaw a barking prism
the murder of crows lifts from the yard
in an orchestrated motion of levity
and leave

maybe we missed the edge
going straight for distance
a bullied sound between the walls

This selection comes from Holms Troelstrup’s book Within Mutiny, available from co•im•press. Purchase your copy here!

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 ReviewWest Wind Review, HobartNinth 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.

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