In the dreams of the Venus de Milo . . .
The earth gives endless birth to hands
she can not shake or grasp.
Oh drowning men, you must await
another savior. Clasp
her ankle though you might
she will elude you. Her babies
dot the landscape, she must find
a way to save each
one. How might she raise them
to the breast her husband
bared before he laid her down,
took tool in hand
and forged that beauty of immortal charm
that now gnaws and bites and chews through the ground
in search of each amputated arm.
Michalle Gould has been working on the poems that constitute this collection for almost 15 years. In that time, her poems and short stories have been published in Slate, New England Review, Poetry, The Texas Observer, and other journals. She recently moved to Los Angeles, where she is the librarian for the Art Institute of Hollywood. She is currently researching and writing a novel set in the North of England in the 1930s.
T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently The Midway Iterations(Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), Fall (Lucky Bastard Press, 2015), and The Ep[is]odes: a reformulation of Horace (Noctuary Press, 2016). Her work has appeared in Reunion: The Dallas Review, Menacing Hedge, LIT, West Wind Review, Ninth Letter, Phoebe, and others. A weightlifter, artist, teacher, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she is the Vice President and Associate Editor of Sundress Publications.