top of page
  • ZiN Daily

Scott Thomas Outlar: To Kill/Kiss Paranoia

Image: Unsplash, downloaded ( 03.06.2023.


Feed me music from the cut of your tongue

the black of your lungs

I need notes for salvation

I need noise like a plague

Spin your soft spells on my skin

live wire spine

I need a song for the darkness

I need a dance when the hour grows lame

Designed in the Lap of God

I will hold you


in the symmetry

of your own perfect salvation

(angled by angels)

I’m not sure if the wound

has (finally) fully healed

or if I just

bit too often

and have grown numb (desensitized)

to the taste/temperature

of blood on my lip/tongue/mouth/flesh

pillar of stoic


adamantium nerves


shades of (foxtrot)


streaked in

to paint signs of wisdom

through the ages

On Getting Close and Casting Out

The only way to kill paranoia is to embrace it

birds and leaves fill the trees

but only one will be staying the season

If God is always watching you might as well dance

promises and judgments bundled in the deal

and some will save

and some will scorn

and some will never

scab over

This world sold out long before we were born

baubles and trinkets and platinum facelifts

but I would gladly carry

both bags under these eyes

for what they have seen

for what they have shed

for what they have

wept out in blood

and fire

The only way to kiss paranoia is with the tongue

About the Author: 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


Recent Posts

See All


ZiN Daily is published by ZVONA i NARI, Cultural Production Cooperative

Vrčevan 32, 52204 Ližnjan, Istria, Croatia

OIB 73342230946

ISSN 2459-9379


Copyright © 2017-2021, ZVONA i NARI, Cultural Production Cooperative

The rights to all content presented at belong to its respective authors.

Any further reproduction or dissemination of this content is prohibited without a written consent from its authors. 
All Rights Reserved.

The image of Quasimodo is by French artist Louis Steinheil, which appeared in  the 1844 edition of Victor Hugo's "Notre-Dame de Paris" published by Perrotin of Paris.


are supported by:

bottom of page