Poem by Heath Brougher / Art by Marie Massey

February 11, 2020



































(Image: detail of Carmel Splash, by Marie Massey)




Still Here 


(by Heath Brougher)


Landscape mostly the same

as before, maybe a little

less bright, less full of Life,

however my body

now five years rotted, soaked in 

a cup of inertia for that period of time.

Nearly nonexistent,

I am still among these hallowed

places of my youth,

swirling in the vapors of a false start,

left behind, idling,

I’ve done nothing  

but wither 

in similar fashion 

along with the land.

I’ll have to cut ties 

with all forms of stasis

in order to feel 

this glorious place once again.





Heath Brougher is the poetry editor for Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and

2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He is the winner of Taj Mahal Review's 

2018 Poet of the Year Award, as well as a multiple nominee for the Pushcart

Prize and Best of the Net Award. He has published nine collections of poetry,

the most recent of which are Bleeding Backwards (Diaphanous Press, 2019)

and Change Your Mind (Alien Buddha Press, 2019).

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