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CASTING CARDS -Poetry by guest author Scott Thomas Outlar

I wouldn’t dare

call myself a poet

or an artist/or a warrior

or a fighter/or a servant/or a stoic

or a fool

I’m just a hermit and a vagabond

going within so I can wander

but these pines work well as bones

sturdy long enough to carry the hour

and all this dirt will eventually receive

the same returns of what once was offered

profit every whisper of groaning breath

pilfer specks of sand from six scratched eyes

protect the black of my lungs/

tongue with glazed amber

Harvest the autumn

red leaves sign caution

blood in the engine

ghosts crawling through dry veins

Spells cast the season

cold snap of reason

heavy pulse turn plasma

gears shifting beneath the plates


Casting Cards

by Scott Thomas Outlar

Bio: 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

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