Sunday, March 1, 2020


Yeah, You’re Always Right
But How Well Do You Aim?

I’ll trade you a puddle of rain
for a blanket of whitewash

and hand you my last two cents
for a broken clock

I’ll sing you a song in praise of the sun
if you whisper back an echo

and reason with the ghosts in your mind
if you’ll chase mine away

I’ll run to the edge of our love
where you promised a fissure

and fracture the parts of our whole
to ensure you’re a prophet

I’ll dance with the bones of star dust
before the expansion point is triggered

and wait near the calm of black holes
until our next shot explodes

Ham & Havarti On Sourdough

This is a poem about animals on the farm
of which I am one

a poem about their actions
swine and lion factions

a fascination with the trough

This is a poem about the moo cow
golden milk and rawhide leather

a poem about the slaughtering fields
twelve score of eggs divide in fractions

a scrap of cake for the holy geese

This is a poem about cheese in the cellar
of rats and wine where weasels roam

a poem about foxes lost in the henhouse
pecking order, clutched pearls, and crown

a blanket from the shearing season

This is a poem about snakes in the cud
the smell of skunk and rabbit blood

a poem about the spit-shined blade
hyenas squeal and curse their fate

a gavel in the eyes of owl

Fickle Sails

For all the hours passed
this way or that

Some wasted (admittedly)
some seized
others sacrificed
to deal
with deeper

The best advice about forgiveness I ever received

it’s all water under the bridge

but we are living in a time
of great floods, baby

and my store
is all but spent


SCOTT THOMAS OUTLAR lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Bengali, Dutch, French, Italian, Kurdish, Persian, and Serbian. His sixth book, Of Sand and Sugar, was released in 2019 through Cyberwit Press. He hosts a podcast, Songs of Selah, that airs weekly on 17Numa Radio and features interviews with contemporary poets, novelists, artists, musicians, and health enthusiasts. More about the show and Outlar's work can be found at

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