It’s a Numbers Game

A thousand sheep
for every Jesus
 
A million monks
for every Buddha
 
A billion rocks
for every diamond
 
A trillion failed attempts
for every finalized piece of art
 
– This poem appeared earlier in the year at Guy Farmer’s site The Poet Community. Before that it appeared for many years upon the hallway wall of my old house where it was born.

I was happy to check the mail yesterday and find copies of Section 8 Magazine issue 31 which includes my poem “Inheriting the Earth.” I’m always stoked to appear in this sweet zine that is headquartered out of Seattle. I highly recommend checking in now and then at their online site which consistently puts out good poetry and art. You can give them a gander here:
 
 
Thank you to Karen O’Leary for publishing my poem “Left Wondering” at her site Whispers yesterday. There is a nice community of poets over there, and if anyone is looking for a spot to send some work you might want to keep Whispers in mind because Karen is always looking to feature new material.
 
Thank you also to Matt Margo at experiential-experimental-literature for publishing my poem “Six into Seven” early this morning. I wrote the piece specifically with ex-ex-lit in mind, so I was well pleased to see it had been accepted. This is more and more becoming my preferred method of operations of late…I decide upon a specific venue, take a walk up to the park, sit down in the woods, take a deep breath, and then trust in The Process to bring forth the right words for the occasion. It doesn’t always lead to an acceptance, but more times than not it has, and I’m certainly not going to complain about a percentage rate such as that.
 
I’ve had acceptances recently from Extreme Writing Community and Sleeve Lit Mag…poems should be out this week at both of these venues. Also, I’m very excited to announce that I’ll have poems coming out at the stroke of Midnight this coming Saturday at one of my favorite sites, Midnight Lane Boutique, which is edited by the very cool Johnny Longfellow. I’ll say a bit more about this later in the week, as it is deserving of a post all its own.
 
As I continue to build the Blogs Page here at 17Numa new ideas about future plans keep boiling up and rising to the surface level of consciousness. I’m looking forward to rolling such plans out in the months ahead. This site is about my work, yes, but my work is dedicated to the Renaissance as a whole, and that means it’s just about time to start featuring the words of my contemporaries here. But, as I said, more on that to follow…
 
Please feel free to drop me a line here anytime by leaving a comment. I love to hear from new people as the dialogue begins to open up. If you dig what I’m laying down here then be sure to follow 17Numa to keep up to date on what is happening next…and I’d also like to encourage you to connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. I appreciate everyone who stops by, and I promise that the best is yet to come.
 
Selah,
Scott Thomas Outlar


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