Jane Huffman


Jane Huffman’s debut collection, PUBLIC ABSTRACT, won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Dana Levin. Jane is a doctoral student in poetry at the University of Denver and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is editor-in-chief of Guesthouse, an online literary journal. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, and elsewhere. She was a 2019 recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. She works as a freelance editor and creative consultant for poets, essayists, and fictionists. Source

[I Thought That I Could Love]

I thought

That I could love

My fear could


Build with it

A desk and chest

Of drawers


Like fear was

Made of pine

And nails


And glue could

Sew myself

Into a dress


With it or

Matching set

In shocking blue


Could plait

My hair with it

Could paint


With it could

Thin my paint

With it


Could spread

It like a sheet

Onto my bed


Could slice a loaf

Of bread on fear’s

Serrated edge





Literary Movements:


Anthology Years:



Doubt & Fear

Literary Devices:


a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences


a line break interrupting the middle of a phrase which continues on to the next line

Internal Rhyme

A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.

Slant Rhyme

A rhyme where the words have similar sounds in their stressed syllables.


A stanza of three lines of verse that rhyme together or are connected by rhyme with an adjacent stanza.

Transferred Epithet

When an adjective usually used to describe one thing is transferred to another.