What the Rooster Really Says by Heath Brougher

Good (motionless bloated baby bodies along the road to Baghdad,

violent religious uprisings, daily bombings, African children skin and bones,

nuclear warheads armed and at the ready, Fukushima toxic waste

leaking into the Pacific, a healthcare system where one accident will send you

straight to the poorhouse, the skeletal shambles of the economy,

melting polar icecaps, the terrorist news stations, various diseases

one mutation away from becoming a pandemic, politicians spouting

nothing resembling the Truth, assault rifles in the hands of maniacs,

fracking next door, flammable tap water, China rising, trans fats

and obesity, hospitals full of infected lymph nodes, a prison of toxic

food and pills, this spurious democracy, and that atrocious

possible Truth in the back of your head that keeps telling you

there just may be no light at the end of that tunnel) morning.


Heath Brougher is the poetry editor of Five 2 One Magazine and co-poetry editor of Into the Void Magazine. He published 3 chapbooks last year, A Curmudgeon is Born (Yellow Chair Press), Digging for Fire, and Your Noisy Eyes (both by Stay Weird and Keep Writing Press). He is a Best of the Net Nominee and his work has been translated into journals and anthologies in Albania and Kosovo. He edited the anthology Luminous Echoes, the proceeds of which are donated to Pieta House in Ireland which helps with the prevention of suicide/self-harm. His work has appeared in Of/with, Chiron Review, MiPOesias, Brave New Word, Lakeview, Picaroon Poetry, eFiction India, Lotus Eater Magazine, The Curly Mind, BlazeVOX, and elsewhere.


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