You Are Nightmare


lapses, lingering at the corners

of my consciousness, a flower-

petalled dagger I cannot refrain

from touching.  Poisoned,

your passion is a needle

that renders me numb.  Brain-dead

zombie, I return automatically,

submerge myself in the familiarity

of your darkness.

Hat Trick


Watch me like a rabbit, I have

a target taped to my back.  I am too

quick for your eyes.  The chains

you dangle as luck

will just have to keep looking

for another hare to split.



A.J. Huffman has published twelve 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), Degeneration (Pink Girl Ink) and A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press) are now available from their respective publishers and  She is a four-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2400 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.