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Scott Thomas Outlar: To Kill/Kiss Paranoia


Image: Unsplash, downloaded (https://unsplash.com/photos/gg8f7FLbMs0) 03.06.2023.



Maps


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

(tightly/precisely)

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

concrete

adamantium nerves

w/subtle

shades of (foxtrot)

silver

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 17Numa.com.


 

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