This selection is from Troelstrup’s book Within Mutiny.
squinting out from my nest of your cellulite I tongued your skin
aglow with the swell of meaty taste you leave
maybe I’ll holiday in acne pockets
weekend in salty nostrils
could you catch me parasiting?
boosting your mites and cilia
could you scratch deep with grainy fingernails where skin
tufts over skin, find me licking you, swollen with charbroiled soy, off my lips
and love me too?
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.