A.J. Huffman

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, 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.

Glass Forest

 after Glass Forest installation by Dale Chihuly in collaboration with James Carpenter, 1971

A glass tree falls in an empty room, perceived
to be a forest of creatable light.  No one is there
to see it die, to watch its electrically charged neon
flicker, sputter in technological spasm as if wishing
it could warp the twisted but unbending body
of its death vessel.  It deserves the cacophony
of a triumphant shatter, but instead gets nothing
but a slow dissipating buzz to mark
the extinguishing of internal torch.