This selection comes from Troelstrup’s book Within Mutiny
it was bright out when you came
all the grays singing into brown and green
watching was full of ease
but knowing those first limbs pushed against brick and mortar to come to
first you were stencil
then heart shape
and I may hold my questions
brimming over you
but you have your keep
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.