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A.J. Huffman

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), A Few Bullets Short of Home (mgv2>publishing), Butchery of the Innocent (Scars Publications) and Degeneration (Pink Girl Ink) are now available from their respective publishers and Amazon.com.  She has an additional poetry collection forthcoming:  A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press).  

She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2300 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, and Kritya. 

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  A.J.'s microchaps & selected poems are available below.  

Origami Microchap

Selected Poem(s)

If I Had A Hammer...

Cover: 'Hammer' by Lauri Burke

{mooblock=First poem}

. . . i would call myself a nail,
start looking for the nearest cross
to create a frame for my self-
portrait of fragmentary displacement—
the platinum label of breathlessness
A.J. Huffman © 2015


The Lightbulb Theory of Truth


Cover art by Tom Chandler

{mooblock=I Know What You're Afraid Of}

Your fear is that you are not
who or what they think.  You may never be,
and they may never know.  But you do.
And you are racing with no one to see
who sorts it out first.  Competing
with yourself to win something that is not really there.
To compare something that has nothing to do
with you to something that has nothing to do
with them.  There is a danger
in this dance:  unknown
like everything else, it is sneaking up
over your left shoulder. (The one that you never check.)
It is a form without a face. You cannot/will not recognize it
until it is too late.  And this dark stranger will beat you
by years and yards to the finish.  He has to.
Simply because he knows where it is.
A.J. Huffman © 2012