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POETRY SCOTT

THOMAS OUTLAR

Swimming in the Blood and Water of Mars It’s one sip of solace for the suffering gulped etcetera ad infinitum that still doesn’t soothe black coal scar tissue sewn shut and captured in exhausted lungs It’s a longing that never leaves us no matter how many little white lies get dressed up in pretty costumes to parade around town for the surprise party paradise It’s a harsh persuasion that tastes of propaganda spewed forth and spit out from vicious fangs masquerading as teeth of cotton pearl poison jeweled delight It’s a goldmine where the walls cave because tortured centers can never hold their end of the bargain when all the deals are broken before a signature hits the page It’s an ink flood that smells like stardust exploding ancient orbits when the sky swells with violent pulses that rupture all our visions of life beyond []

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Conquistadors Is it ok if a poem doesn’t suffer? Because I felt you move through my blood like a light Do you want to know the part that hurt the worst? Because I’d rather talk about how we conquered the world Leaves will still fall in the darkest of silence to feed of the soil where new wings are formed Spread wide your eyes and your tongue for the trial and bless all our dreams during day or the night Do stars always fade when extinguished at core? Because I found roaring fire at the site of this crash []

SCOTT THOMAS OUTLAR hosts the site 17Numa.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, live events, and books can be found. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Scott was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Magazine Award for Excellence in the field of literature. His words have been translated into French, Italian, Dutch, Persian, Serbian, Albanian, and Afrikaans. His radio show Songs of Selah airs weekly on 17Numa Radio. ART The Colossus by Francisco de Goya

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