Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He guest-edited the 2019 and 2020 Western Voices editions of Setu Mag. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Bengali, Dutch, French, Italian, Kurdish, Persian, Serbian, and Spanish. His sixth book, Of Sand and Sugar, was released in 2019. His podcast, Songs of Selah, airs weekly on 17Numa Radio and features interviews with contemporary poets, artists, musicians, and health advocates. More about Outlar’s work can be found at 17Numa.com.
I’ve learned most of the lessons on how to feel numb and suffered the fallout when spells break just to survive in an age of locusts and plagues OK cast me gently unto the moon’s violent waves judge all our gods under the microscope to steal a cure from the fine print not every script is practiced to a T
Lyrics have more sting in a crisis heart craving extra oomph I’ll weep with you for us and this but only while the moment’s passing because promises of beauty still hold ships afloat from the far side Mourning doves herald the light wear your secrets close to skin I’ll sing with you through thick and thin babble across the darkest chasm
How many viruses sour your verses secret vowels, corrupted vials spent coding firewall breached This is not the God you promised nor the war I begged but all in all Lordamercy it’s still a beautiful age to be alive
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