Cover Photo: Tallulah Pomeroy
Tallulah Pomeroy

The Trouble with Angels: Taming a Halo of Unruly Hair

“In the beauty parlor, I watch my ringlets collect like dark, bushy tumbleweeds on the checkered floor.”

NowYou’re a mess. You’re a mess. You’re a mess


no more tearsno more tearsno more tears

The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin

The Trouble with Angels

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Playboy Hustler

The Trouble with Angels Pollyanna





Jess E. Jelsma is a writer and PhD student living in Ohio. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, The Chicago Tribune, Post Road, The Normal School, Indiana Review, and other publications. Find her online at or @JessEJelsma.