Collage The Handmaid's Tale by Samantha Derendal

A.J. Huffman

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lips become lines

legs cross

something given has been

taken away

words tickle

tease

turn to pleas

echo as hollow

responding silence

smothers

a blanket removed

exposure often equals

division


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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.