Apathyville

Each and every car slides
firmly randomly chaotically
into the stockpile ditch
of exhaust and glass
burnt rubber and jagged rain
upon human flesh.
The clusterfuck of twisted metal
has various
humans emerging from the chaos
like they
want help or something.

Us onlookers say: “We’re
Americans! We’re too patriotic to give
out charity. Those people need to pick themselves
up by their bootstraps and help themselves for a change!”

Heath Brougher is the Editor-in-Chief of Concrete Mist Press and co-poetry editor of Into the Void, winner of the 2017 and 2018 Saboteur Awards for Best Magazine. He received Taj Mahal Review’s 2018 Poet of the Year Award and is a multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. He was recently awarded the 2020 Wakefield Prize for Poetry. He has published 11 books and, after spending over two years editing the work of others, is ready to get back into the creative driver seat. He has four books forthcoming in 2022. Read other articles by Heath.