Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Sample from the Editor, A.J. Huffman

Hell or Herpes

whichever claims you first. These are my wishes

for you

for all your bullshit chatter

for all your poor me’s for all your no one understands
me (but you and your substandard appearance) not good enough
to date you tried
but just couldn’t stomach all the romantic link[ing] I required

for your adamant unapology for having fun for making me your substitute
wife while still trying to fuck every pair of tits in town for telling me
I should just accept it as another fact like how I should be
grateful for the time you granted me

for saying that even if I had a perfect body we both know I don’t I would
only ever be average

for expecting me to want to be
friends and let you rely on me for emotional support
when the new anonymous fool filling your bed gets pissed
because you want to sleep with her best friend or the coke
addict who teaches you “dance” once a week

for expecting me to believe that it’s really your hair that attracts
these . . . females you can’t help it not
the now-overdrawn gold card that buys complacency
boats and presents for bastard children at random

for begging
me to confirm that you are a good person and it’s the rest
of the world that is at fault for your abandonment that it’s your honesty
not your superficial callousness that throws people
off for your whining no one wants the truth anymore for your sobbing
over your “herbalized” coffee for not even ever entertaining
the notion that it might be your semi-intentional sledge-hammer
delivery of the same that sends all your five-minute friends heading for the hills
with whatever of your belongings they can carry away

for destroying every potentially positive memory I might have
ferreted from the ashes of our “non-relationship”

for making me love you

for making me hate you

for making me


A.J. Huffman is a poet and freelance writer in Daytona Beach, Florida. She has previously published four collections of poetry: The Difference Between Shadows and Stars, Carrying Yesterday, Cognitive Distortion, and . . . And Other Such Nonsense. She has also published her work in national and international literary journals such as Avon Literary Intelligencer, Writer's Gazette, and The Penwood Review. Find more about A.J. Huffman, including additional information and links to her work at and!/poetess222.

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