A.J. Huffman has published eleven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. Her new poetry collections, Another Blood Jet (Eldritch Press) and A Few Bullets Short of Home (mgv2>publishing) are now available from their respective publishers. She has two additional poetry collections forthcoming: Degeneration from Pink Girl Ink, and A Bizarre Burning of Bees from Transcendent Zero Press. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and has published over 2200 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com
I Dream in Outlines
Empty vacuous spaces plague my unconscious
mind as I wander this self-
created world of perpetual hollows.
I am the only tangible
left, and my body is denied all contact.
I sink through floors, walk through walls.
Anonymous figures pass right through me.
I am the last ghost of reality,
and I wake, wondering how long it will take
for me to finally disappear.
Good God Mother
I am a straightjacket girl in a ballroom world. I have
forgotten how to follow the glitter-
brick road. Mirrors come to paint me. It tickles.
I laugh and break. Their concentration
requires definition – mine. I look myself up
and down seems to be the only probability. I jump
on one foot in the middle of a rainstorm
hoping to strike right. Wrong!
Everything runs. Back
to basic training I go.
Strokes of translated genius.
Medium exposed, gathers bits
of dust. Diminishes, subtly,
as it rests in angled prayer
(hopefully) for future eyes
to re-evaluate worth.