Crossing the bridge from distortion into silence
creates the electric hum of a new awakening.

If art is an unfolding rhythm then life must be a song in motion.
There are certain comparisons that never seem

to pop up on any quizzes or SAT questions in class.


I will grade true love on a scale of forgiveness.

I will slide with a smile until slipping through the veil of illusions.
I will spit in the river and witness all ripples.


Burning a drag of smoke with no filter
enlivens the flesh of wet lungs to breathe fresh oxygen.

If the bond is stronger than blood then first kisses are a quickening.
Squirrels naturally seek after fallen nuts near the tree
as deeply the mind digs its roots in for winter.


I will promise you less until the future delivers.

I will dance on this spot as the soil grows richer.

I will lick morning dew from the blades of your grass.


Watching leaves wither toward their inevitable extinction

pushes evolution’s theory to renew its efforts with vigor.

If God is but a dream then I’m happy now to slumber in peace.

Visions carry more weight with the yawning stars

when constellations crystalize in manifested hearts.


I will cherish your eyes when the sun hangs in solstice.

I will hold both your hands when the waves crash upon us.

I will never release from time’s wings as they flutter.



Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys spending time with the trees alone in silent thought, and also loves attending festivals where the voice of humanity can be heard in full throat. He has been a weekly contributor for the Dissident Voice newsletter since 2014, and during that time has published poetry, essays, and articles in more than 330 literary venues around the world. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. His poem “Kingdom of Chaos” won the 2016 Nibstears Poetry Cave Contest in Nigeria. He was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Mag Award for Excellence in the field of literature. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Dutch, French, Italian, Persian, and Serbian. He guest-edited the 2019 Western Voices special edition of Setu Mag. He began hosting a radio podcast, Songs of Selah, in the fall of 2018, and welcomes weekly guests onto the program to discuss their work and life. His speech “Of Songs and Dreams: How Words Take Shape” was delivered for the Atlanta Writers Club at Georgia State University in March of 2019. He has also been invited to read at literary events such as: Voices from the Crowd at The Poetry Society in London, England; Free Times Café in Toronto, Canada; Thirty West Publishing House Presents at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Alien Buddha Invades Erie at Ember + Forge Coffee Shop in Erie, Pennsylvania; A Novel Idea at Peach & the Porkchop in Roswell, Georgia; UUCA’s Wine, Cheese, and the Spoken Word in Atlanta, Georgia; Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, Georgia; Good Acting Studio in Marietta, Georgia; and City Lights Café at Church of the Holy Comforter in Gadsden, Alabama. His books include: Of Sand and Sugar (Cyberwit, 2019) Abstract Visions of Light (Alien Buddha Press, 2018) Poison in Paradise (Alien Buddha Press, 2017) Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing, 2016) Chaos Songs (Weasel Press, 2016) Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press, 2015) Outlar hosts the site where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, live events, radio podcasts, and books can be found. His publications at Ray of Thought include: Extinction Is the Genesis of Evolution Casting Spells Instead of Stones Sound and Form Chewing the Cud

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