We danced once, though I doubt
you would remember. Alcohol and the ghosts
of two other people filled the minute gap
between our bodies. I closed
my eyes and prayed one of us would be
daring enough to complete the almost-
connection, but the song ended,
and the moment bled into another
misery and two more bottles of beer.

A. J. HUFFMAN has published thirteen full-length poetry collections, fourteen solo poetry chapbooks and one joint poetry chapbook through various small presses. Her most recent releases, The Pyre On Which Tomorrow Burns (Scars Publications), 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 2600 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 the founding editor of Kind of a Hurricane Press.