Monday, June 1, 2020



Warning Labels

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


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

Of Stumbles And Riposte

Learning how to play chess
when confidence is already low
is the sure sign
of a masochist

or someone
who only knows
how to fight
when backed
into a corner

Reaction times may vary
but always keep an eye out for blinkers

Summation Ceremony

What else can be said
about crazy horses?

They are born free;
are best wild.

It drove Nietzsche insane
to see one whipped
in the street.

It might do
the same to me;
stampeded under the hoofs
of my darling.


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. 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 through Cyberwit Press. He hosts a podcast, Songs of Selah, that airs weekly on 17Numa Radio and features interviews with contemporary poets, artists, musicians, and health advocates.

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