A.J. Huffman has published eight solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses. She also has two new full-length poetry collections forthcoming, Another Blood Jet (Eldritch Press) and A Few bullets Short of Home (mgv2>publishing). She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry, fiction, and haiku have appeared in hundreds of national and international journals including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, Bone Orchard, EgoPHobia, Kritya, and Offerta Speciale in which her work appeared in both English and Italian translation. She is also the founding editor of Kind Of A Hurricane Press. www.kindofahurricanepress.com
Aging in an Instant
Keeper of self-image.
Plane reveals echoing touches
air, fills it with billowing
clouds of smoke. Sparks
erupt, random rounds of applause
for the crackling
crescendo of consumption.
A symphonic burning of energy, life
crashes into suffocating silence
and smoldering ash.
I Listen to Whispers
of pieces of paper rustled by wind
from ceiling’s fan. They are plotting
an aggressive stealth attack. The plan
is for three to break free.
Two to distract the blades,
one to silently slip into wall-mounted