Poetry: Public Declarations by Scott Thomas Outlar

Public Declarations

by Scott Thomas Outlar

Cradle the lines
wrinkled in your palms

Read to me
what you must do
come Sunday

Letters scratching
the back of your throat

I know
it hurts your heart
to sing again

Comfort the vowels
stinging your tongue

Promise me
you’ll mouth the words
to move on

About the author

Scott Thomas Outlar lives and writes in the suburbs outside of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Selections of his poetry have been translated into Afrikaans, Albanian, Bengali, Dutch, French, Italian, Kurdish, Persian, and Serbian. His sixth book, Of Sand and Sugar, was released in 2019 through Cyberwit Press. He hosts a podcast, Songs of Selah, that airs weekly on 17Numa Radio and features interviews with contemporary poets, novelists, artists, musicians, and health enthusiasts. More about the show and Outlar’s work can be found at 17Numa.com.

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