Sigh…September Fading…Soldier Onward

Alkaline
is the primal
state of nature
I violently crave
so as to
flush away the fire
and rid
of acid
whilst finding
balance
in healing Tao
 
Cascading water
just don’t quite
cut it
I need the chalice
in full
and flooding
upon my
head
helping to find
balance
in exotic
Tao
 
Bathe
in the cresting
wave
of the final
high
 
The tide
of Tao
will bury you
the same as
it birthed you
without
the batting
of an eye
 
so we might as well
rise
and fly
upon
wings of rhyme
unto
the sky
 

September Recap:
 
I’ve had my foot hammered down on the gas pedal this month, and the path I’m traveling along continues to provide the raw sense of excitement that I crave with a passionate fervor. The days keep flying by it seems, and that’s cool because the ultimate goal remains the same no matter what type of rhythms time and space happen to conjure up for me to dance along with.
 
I’d like to say a huge thank you to the editors of these 38 venues for accepting and/or publishing my work this past month:
 
Unbroken Journal; Your One Phone Call; Dead Snakes; Aberration Labyrinth; Poetry Life & Times; Contemporary Poets; Exercise Bowler; WritingRaw; Synesthesia Literary Journal; Literary Yard; Dissident Voice; The Poet Community; VerseWrights; Visual Verse; Saudade Magazine; Section 8 Magazine; Leaves of Ink; Viral Cat; Whispers; Zaira Journal; experiential-experimental-literature; The Song is…; Extreme Writing Community; Midnight Lane Boutique; Sleeve Lit Mag; Indian Periodical; Halcyon Magazine; Tuck Magazine; Of/with: journal of immanent renditions; Nothing. No One. Nowhere.; The Piker Press; Belle Reve Literary Journal; The Fat Damsel; Futures Trading; Asian Signature; Poetic Diversity; Words Surfacing; and Verse-Virtual.
 
Also, a big thank you to Sarah Frances Moran and Alexzan Burton at Yellow Chair Review for the interview they did with me a few weeks ago. Not only was it an honor, but it was also a whole lot of fun. I have a great deal of respect for what Sarah has done with YCR so far, and I will continue to look forward to seeing what she puts out in the months ahead. In fact, the new horror themed issue was just released today, so I’m looking forward to checking it out.
 
 
Thank you, as well, to Cliff Brooks of The Southern Collective Experience for bringing me on board with his family/community recently. There are a whole host of writers associated with the SCE whose work I admire. I recently got to meet a few of the members at a reading this past weekend which was nice. It was the first time I’ve had a microphone in front of me in around four years. I have what might be called an addictive personality, so ever since I got to spout off at the mouth all I can think of is: Yes, I remember how this whole reading out loud thing works…more please…thank you…just put it right here in this open vein…ok, cool, let’s rock…
 
I was also honored to have received my first Best of the Net nomination this month from A.J. Huffman at Kind of A Hurricane Press for my piece “Poetic Points” which appeared earlier in the year at The Mind[less] Muse.
 
I’ve been working a lot at my site 17Numa this month, building up the new Blogs Page with a list of links dedicated to the personal sites of other contemporary writers and artists. I was heavy into it for the first few weeks of September, but some other projects have pulled me away of late. I definitely plan on diving back in and fleshing out the list in the months ahead because there are still plenty of people that inspire me regularly that I’d be stoked to have represented on the page. Please feel free to contact me if you have a website, blog, or archive that you’d like linked there. I’d be more than happy to get you added on.
 
Alright, October has now crept its way into existence…bring it on, baby…full steam ahead…like I say so often, the work has only just begun…
 
Selah,
Scott Thomas Outlar
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