A.J. Huffman

Small Emergencies
Underwater, you try
to reach purpose,
realize you do not exist,
break in increments—
a coastline, drowning
to be reborn.  In a mirror
labeled yesterday,
you understand you are not
a fistful of sand & skin.
You lose nothing but your name
& time.  Moving sideways
down a lonely hall, everyone watches
you tick like a clock
before vanishing.  At midnight,
your life boils
down to an abbreviated fiction—
an image of a bridge
& a kiss—
burning in the dark.

Copyright © A.J. Huffman 2016

A.J. Huffman has published twelve full-length poetry collections, thirteen solo poetry chapbooks and one joint poetry chapbook through various small presses.  Her most recent releases, Degeneration (Pink Girl Ink), A Bizarre Burning of Bees (Transcendent Zero Press), and Familiar Illusions (Flutter Press) are now available from their respective publishers.  She is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a two-time Best of Net nominee, and has published over 2500 poems in various national and international journals, including Labletter, The James Dickey Review, The Bookends Review, Bone Orchard, Corvus Review, EgoPHobia, and Kritya.  She is also the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.  www.kindofahurricanepress.com.


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