Kaleidotrope (Winter 2019) - "All the Glory of Her Earthly Shell"
I’m not supposed to say this
but her body was only ever a trophy
excavated bit by bit from memory
her tail tightening around my ankles
monitoring my heartbeat, my breathing
locking me in place, not too tight
Holly Lyn Walrath’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, Liminality, and elsewhere. She is the author of Glimmerglass Girl (Finishing Line Press, 2018). She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a freelance editor and host of The Weird Circular, an e-newsletter for writers containing submission calls and writing prompts.