Western Voices: Heath Brougher,


Heath Brougher is the poetry editor of Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Award for Best Magazine. He is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award Nominee. He won the The Taj Mahal Review’s 2018 Poet of the Year Award and his work has been translated into several languages other than English. His newest books are To Burn in Torturous Algorithms (Weasel Press, 2018) and The Ethnosphere's Duality (Cyberwit.Net, 2018).

Bubble Gum Freedom

Freedom is now Freedown, Freedrown—
a fabrication; an illusion
made by the herd’s slave owner
to keep the masses caged
while they pour Free Dumb
straight down the throats of the many
by means of rampant propaganda
all arriving by air, land, sea
to converge upon the mind in an almost infinite confusion—

the television and internet are the main funnels of misinformation
in this land of illusion within illusion within illusion within illusion.

Be Like the Creek Water

You will get nowhere standing
in the silly Manmade circles
which unfortunately encompass
most people’s lives.

You must live like the creek nearby
your living room with its worn-out recliner—
the same water never running through
the same area in its eternal flowing—
the same water never rippling
the same way it did during its previous ripple.

Don’t be insan(m)e.

For the loops you live within
usually come with their own cubicle
and a line drawn in the land
to demarcate what is yours
and what is theirs
as you’ve become a tool
for the Controllers of this feudal era.

It is a lie and it persists 
because you let it persist.
You were taught to let it persist.
Be like the creek water, never flowing
the same. For that creek water
is the cousin of The Great Spiral.

The reigning tedium can be quit by tapping into this mindset.


Above roots, a chloroplast pulse
eaten away. Tomato skin 
blanket of lifelong numbness, 
smiled at by callous
wilted teeth scraped and 
sprung red
in the crevices. Cells maintain anonymous
existence in the field.
Picking of life bulbs needless 
when the appetite
and parasitic throe of being 
served as a leafy appetizer 
when the meat-eaters finally arrive.

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