Happy Hour Hallelujah…New Interview…War Stories

Each and Every Breath
 
Every breath
is pure bliss –
an inhalation
of cosmic debris
sent from the source
to coat the lungs
with vibrations of light.
 
Every new dawn
is a miracle –
sunburnt radiation
pulsing from the sky
to singe the flesh
with encoded DNA
from ethereal realms.
 
Every touch
is electric –
skin kissed
by God’s presence
in a holy union
of enlightenment
accelerated through the soul.
 
Every whisper
is a song –
celestial sirens
humming the frequency
of heaven’s tune
with fiery chorus
from the lips of angels.

“Each and Every Breath” is a piece that was originally published in the November 2015 issue of Indiana Voice Journal. It made the shortlist for their Pushcart Prize nominations, but didn’t quite make the final cut. These things happen. It is also included in my forthcoming full-length poetry collection “Happy Hour Hallelujah” which is set to be released later this year.
 
I’m thrilled to announce that I signed the contract with Creative Talents Unleashed a few days ago to get the ball rolling on this project. The poetry collection originally started off as a chapbook that placed as a semifinalist in one contest, and then caught the eye of Raja Williams in another contest at CTU. Raja requested that I expand the chapbook into a full-length work and send it back for further consideration. I did just such a thing, and, thankfully, it was warmly accepted for publication. The next step is to find the perfect cover. I fully trust in the Tao process. In fact, I have an image in my mind’s eye…floating down a river…staring at the rising sun…
 
I was asked by Geosi Gyasi back in September of last year to give an interview for his site Geosi Reads where he has been regularly publishing his conversations with writers since 2010. I was never given a set date back at that time on when the interview would be released, so I just filed it away upstairs and went about my daily business the same as I always do, assuming that it would eventually be published….and now it has because yesterday it was. Geosi and I discussed my first chapbook “A Black Wave Cometh” which was published by Dink Press in April of 2015. The book was available in a digital version on Etsy up until recently, and should soon be available again by ordering directly at the publisher’s site. There were originally plans to do a limited print run which is part of the reason I decided to go with Dink Press to begin with. Hopefully such plans are also soon to bear fruition. But I digress. The interview with Geosi also covers my latest chapbook “Songs of a Dissident” which was released last month through Transcendent Zero Press. There is no uncertainty about the status of this book. It is brutal, it is raw, it is a carrion call for evolution, and it is available at this very moment via Amazon. We discuss a number of other topics as well, including my writing process, my literary influences, and what my aspirations are as a poet. Just read the tagline at the top of this site to figure out the answer to that last question. I’ve never been shy when it comes to spouting off about the Renaissance. Please visit Geosi’s site and check out the interview by following this link.
 
OK. What next? January has basically been a continuation of last year. I write. I type. I edit. I send out submissions. I correspond with editors. I make plans with friends. I network. I put together new books. I promote venues I believe in. I strengthen connections with allies. I weed out enemies. I move, one step at a time, toward the ultimate goal.
 
33 of my poems have appeared in 17 different publications thus far this month. All the links can be found by clicking on the Poems tab here at 17Numa, but these are a few of the most recent:
 
Sunshine Song – Whispers
Satiating Urges – Inwod Indiana
Kingdom of Chaos – Dissident Voice
Light Switch – High Coupe
 
I say often that I love to connect with new people. Why do I say such a thing? Because it’s true. Feel free to hit me up on Facebook and Twitter. We’ll have a blast…I promise.
 
Selah,
Scott Thomas Outlar
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