Poetry Showcase: Scott Thomas Outlar

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Bio: Scott Thomas Outlar is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He now lives and writes in Frederick, Maryland. His work has been nominated multiple times for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. He guest-edited the Hope Anthology of Poetry from CultureCult Press as well as the 2019-2023 Western Voices editions of Setu Mag. He is the author of seven books, including Songs of a Dissident (2015), Abstract Visions of Light (2018), Of Sand and Sugar (2019), and Evermore (2021 – written with co-author Mihaela Melnic). Selections of his poetry have been translated and published in 14 languages. He has been a weekly contributor at Dissident Voice for the past eight and a half years. More about Outlar’s work can be found at 17Numa.com.

Sidereal Nectar

Yellow neon fluorescence escaping
behind the cover of pines

full moon bows a graceful retreat
replaced by live wires and humming generators

I will write a poem on tea leaves
about ripened figs and the prince of parables

crown the skyline at five a.m. 
while Venus dances to her own blinking pulse

electricity spells half of the story
a magnet clenched between teeth to attract the pull

cross-tide and chemical trails
hung from the wings of gods and ghosts

breathe deeply of the moment while it lasts
then beg for mercy that another arrives

Three Wishes

I want to reach the state
where angels dance across my neurons
from tiptoe-crossed ethereal realms
while humming my spirit in the direction
of higher consciousness
with spells that guide me close enough
to smell the throne of God

I want to close my eyes
and instantaneously shift perception
to the precision point of total awareness
where what once was believed to be normal reality
begins to seem as if it was just a childlike illusion
as the true data pulses and throbs
in colors, shapes, signs, and visions
from dimensions that cannot be counted on fingers

I want to expand the inward horizon
with lucid dreams of precognition
that foretell what is still set to manifest
through glimpses that melt away my conditioning
and open the doorways to enlightenment 

Gleaning from Glands 
The inner world aligned
    with earth at large
         (cosmos in all
            its flavor/
                  alkaline salts
                 in a not so haphazard way)

              (not auxiliary 
                     plugged in directly/
                              electric hum
                                  of frequencies resplendent)

Diligence through discomfort
        effort maintained when joints are cracking
                                                       make sweet sounds
                                                               just for the sake
                                                           of sacred rhythm)

There’s nothing quite like
     that first blast
                   straight through
                a heart carved
                      in the trunk of a tree/
                             it’s all truer
                             I could ever describe
                                       but that never 
                                              stopped me
                                         from trying)

                        Of Carrot Greens and Wars Declared

You bet it’s bitter
all the better
to cleanse the gnawing fog

Chew hard on ginger
with molars snapping
on neck and chakra root

I called the thunder
atop their doomed crown
not waiting for man’s design

Come hard in autumn
with all your lions
and shred this masquerade


My teeth feel like rubber
as they sand each other down

All my thoughts
pretty little daggers

and yours, poisonous vipers

The fog hangs a heavy cover
before light dares to breathe

Wear your blankets and burdens well
and speak to me
not about the void

I have seen its ugly face of terror
too many times till now

that’s why I tried to warn you

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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