Sunday 24 January 2021

Three Poems by Scott Thomas Outlar





How many viruses sour your verses

secret vowels, corrupted vials


spent coding




This is not the God you promised

nor the war I begged


but all in all




it’s still a beautiful


to be alive


Of Frequencies Resplendent



two hands are electric

don’t forget the fragments


clutch every side glance

like a spear to the chest


and welcome the sting

of autumn’s enchantment


you caught the storm

with the skin of your teeth


teasing out another step

in the dance’s rising tempo


one voice is magnetic

while accompaniment adds an echo


Apples & Owls at Midnight (Space Wave Version)



There’s only one moon for you / sugar /

         but I

         & we

      want our share

            of the cheddar


deep / space /

pocket blues


I’ll sing a symphony for you

             if the accompanying pieces

     are           set           up           around           me


Surround           the           next           orbit

                            with silence

                            & leave me

     looking stupid


w/a wounded ego

where the air is thin


I’ll tear the whole fucking sky down

                                       for you

                            my darling baby


      they sure don’t build walls

              like they used to


you’ve run through

            every shot of tang

    & the orange’s lament

                          groans sour in echo


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, Malayalam, 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     



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