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To Burn in Torturous Algorithms

To Burn in Torturous Algorithms


Heath Brougher has achieved something brilliant with his creation of Spiralism, as introduced to us in this book. As dense and fluid as bodies of water, each poem spirals with the infinity of existence, communicating ideas wrapped in visceral images and clever metaphor only to drop them just as quick as the spiral twists on. Biting social commentary sits alongside the strangeness of the universe all contained in truly beautiful sentences as Brougher relentlessly chases “that long-suffered Causeway”: Truth. In To Burn in Torturous Algorithms, Brougher sets fire to convention with a sharp wit and enthusiastic rejection of the same jaded, predictable mediocrity so often found in contemporary poetry, and from the embers a new style of writing is born—Spiralism is daring and ingenious, and I can’t wait to see where the spiral swirls us to next. —Phillip Elliott, Founder/Editor of award winning Into the Void Magazine, author of award-winning debut Dreaming in Starlight

Desacralizing yet homely, radical & rooted at once, Heath Brougher’s new collection of poems To Burn in Tortuous Algorithms is a gripping testament to “sundowns and nothingnesses”. With an exhilarating range of poems, this book is a “chaotic” intertwining of “random image and thought” to advance Brougher’s thesis about Spralism or to give the reader the taste of his work over the coming years. Reading Brougher’s work is akin to learning as a reader to exhaust the possibility of challenging the goddam orthodoxy of poetry. Poems like Year of the Pinata show us how language with its intrinsic muscles of “rolling tongue” can allow one to “weav[e] incoherent clothes — a season of nonsense […], shattering the silencio — the world and its words.” Up-close I felt this collection even shucks the Baudelarian The Flowers of Evil as Brougher writes: “and when the bowel [is] broken and the cardboard rhino leak[s] its plethora of sweetness onto the floor / we [kneel] down and gorge[…] upon the belly’s plenty.” No doubt this book will be a keeper. —Debasis Mukhopadhyay, book reviewer and author of kyrie eleison or all robins taken out of context

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