Friday, May 23, 2014

Two Poems by A.J. Huffman

Letting Logic Lie

quietly between us

I hold your secrets
of unfeeling
locked in the ebony sun
of my mind
as you play
at bending the barriers
that hold us in stalemate
certain I will break
for you

My job is to mirror all you are not

You search me for the expected
what you know is there
finding only saddened serenity
and your surprise
when you realize you pushed
too hard
                into your world
when I looked you in the eye

And swore we had never met
is a drop of blood permeating the ocean.
An infusion of color consuming initial point
of contact, slowly spreading in wash
of tendrils.  Temporary is the label
of their touch.  They tickle, tease with soft
hues that distort vision, but quickly grow
weak, dissolve until there is nothing
but the original body, flowing, untainted
by memory.
A.J. Huffman has published seven solo chapbooks and one joint chapbook through various small presses.  Her eighth solo chapbook, Drippings from a Painted Mind, won the 2013 Two Wolves Chapbook Contest.  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her poetry, fiction, haiku, and photography 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.

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