Amethyst and Angels/CultureCult Magazine Winter 2018

The song of aged owls sounds like smelted silver flowing thickly from the woods. Raindrops gently drip from the heavens, caressing newly colored leaves with their kisses as wind chimes howl. A fog of night sits soft and still in the air, sneezing open pathways toward ruptured visions of amethyst and angelic whispers. Swirling mandalas of miracles are made manifest, casting spells of soothing peace to calm the spirit of a fervent season at its core. 

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I’m honored to have a selection of my work included in the new 2018 winter issue of CultureCult Magazine published out of West Bengal, India by Jagannath Chakravarti. This is consistently one of the most beautifully designed (both cover and interior) magazines being published today. I do not make that statement often, and it is not said lightly. 

The full issue which includes “It’s a Matter of Record/Opinion,” “Kingdom of Chaos,” and “Formulas for Pressing Flowers” can be viewed here online.

But I highly recommend picking up a copy of this gorgeous print edition for your bookshelf. 

My new book, Abstract Visions of Light, is available here through Alien Buddha Press. You can also pick up a signed copy directly from me if interested. Thank you for supporting independent artists and publishers. Cheers!

 

 

October 2018 Recap/Holiday Deal!

For anyone interested in picking up a bundle of my books to help ease the holiday shopping stress this season, I have a new package available now for just $40. It includes one copy each of Songs of a Dissident (Transcendent Zero Press), Chaos Songs (Weasel Press), Happy Hour Hallelujah (CTU Publishing), and my latest book, Abstract Visions of Light (Alien Buddha Press). The deal also includes three signed broadsheets and other assorted extras.

Please contact me at 17Numa@gmail.com or on Facebook to order. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Another exciting month has come to a close. But before fully flipping the calendar over, I want to think these venues for publishing my work during October:

Turn, Turn, Turn – Harbinger Asylum (print)

Eternal and Infinite – Harbinger Asylum (print)

The Good Life – The Dope Fiend Daily

Alms of Ouroboros – Dissident Voice

Specks of Sawdust – GloMag

Empty Pages – Dissident Voice

Stoplight Serenade – Dissident Voice

Dinner for Two – CTU Publishing

Wasteland Carousel – Dissident Voice 

I would also like to thank everyone associated with the following publications for accepting work recently that will be released during November and the months ahead:

The Pangolin Review, Leaves of Ink, CultureCult Magazine, Our Poetry Archive, Cajun Mutt Press, Piker Press, BlogNostics, Synchronized Chaos, and TreeHouse Arts.


Cheers to an inspired November, my friends! And thank you to everyone who kindly orders one of the packages mentioned above.

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Encoded/Harbinger Asylum Autumn 2018

Life has been apocalyptic from the get-go. New revelations of truth manifest by the moment. It’s just a matter of holding on for the ride as long as possible. But even the falls can be fun. Exhilarating evolution. There are no wizened souls that didn’t first overcome their fair share of chaos. Order has to be shoved around sometimes to force it toward a stronger state. It’s all part of the game. It’s all coded in the system.

Harbinger Asylum (autumn 2018)

My poems “Turn, Turn, Turn” and “Eternal and Infinite” are included in the new autumn 2018 print issue of Harbinger Asylum. Published by Transcendent Zero Press.

My new book, Abstract Visions of Light, is available here through Alien Buddha Press.

 

Songs of Selah on 17Numa Radio

The new episode goes live tonight, October 17, at 9 PM EST on 17Numa Radio. Tune in via this link for the broadcast and afterwards to access the archive…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/17numaradio/2018/10/18/songs-of-selah-with-scott-thomas-outlar

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Phone lines are open in the studio. If you have questions or thoughts you’d like to share please call in at 646-668-8757.

On tonight’s episode:

A preview segment with future guest, Don Beukes. He’ll be speaking about his latest co-authored book, The Persuit of Poetic Perfection. Find out more about the book here at Beukes’ website, The Salamander Chronicles.

Also, a segment featuring Poet Akinwemimo Idris (Loaded). Idris is a humanitarian who writes across all genres of literature. His literary works have been published in many poetry anthologies across the world and several times he has been featured on stage. As a peaceful revolutionist, he founded Nibstears Poetry Cave in 2014 so as to make use of all the ethics and norms in poetry as a tool towards achieving progress and peace. Since the inception of Nibstears, visitations to schools, prisons, and hospitals to donate time and express words of hope have become the objectives. Nibstears has an online poetry school and holds an annual poetry festival called TASTE OF WORDS. 

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I’ll also be reading a selection of poems from my various books and playing music throughout the night. 

If you’d like to appear as a future guest on Songs of Selah, please visit 17Numa.com or contact me at 17Numa@gmail.com. Also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Cheers!

 

Songs of Selah: Harvest Moon Edition

Songs of Selah promo

Songs of Selah from Diversity of the Minds Radio Network will be airing live tonight (Monday, September 24) starting at 9 PM eastern.

Tune in to this link as we celebrate the Harvest Moon and autumnal equinox with some great music…

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/diversityofthemindsradio/2018/09/25/songs-of-selah-with-scott-thomas-outlar

I’ll be playing tracks from Atlanta band, Spectralux from their forthcoming album, See the Colors You’ve Ignored Forever. And phone lines will be open all evening for anyone who would like to call in and promote their work. 

The number in the studio is 319-527-6171.

If you’re interested in being a featured guest on an upcoming show, please email me at 17Numa@gmail.com. Cheers!

 

Songs of Selah Debut Episode!

Songs of Selah, my new radio podcast from Diversity of the Minds, debuts tonight (September 3, 2018) at 9 pm eastern/8 central.

Tune in to hear an interview and poetry reading from Heath Brougher from his latest book, The Ethnosphere’s Duality.

Call and join the conversation at 319-527-6171. Questions and comments are welcomed and encouraged.

Listen live at this link. Look forward to hearing from you!

Heath Brougher - The Ethnosphere's Duality

Showcase Spotlight #11: Red Focks

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Scott Thomas Outlar: First off, Red, thanks for taking some of your time for an interview here at 17Numa. Your work does not exactly sugarcoat life, to say the least. What do you think the point of poetry and art is? Have you always been interested in exposing the underbelly of society?

Red Focks: In a world where the “sugar coated” alternative is what gets swallowed the most, I believe one purpose that art has is to be bitter, sour, or spicy. Another purpose that art and poetry have had for me is straight therapeutic value. Hitchhiking from coast to coast, meeting the biggest wingnuts walking the streets of America, getting arrested, thrown in the nut-house, getting stabbed, getting so high I forgot what up was; this has gotten me up to my neck in the underbelly of society. I enjoy exposing this walk of life, just as much as the higher-ups of society who engage in all the same activities, with their pinky fingers up.

STO: Your writing and paintings seem to be laced with signs, symbols, numbers, and allusions to seedy political realities. Are you drawn toward occult and conspiratorial knowledge? If so, where have those sorts of rabbit holes taken your consciousness?

RF: I am a self-proclaimed “conspiracy theorist”. I figure that most of these “theories” about the American government (9/11, The never-ending wars for profit, JFK, MLK, Cointelpro, Operation Mockingbird) are not theories at all in 2017. Facts have presented themselves- people feel more comfortable, not thinking too much about it. It’s brilliant, because the result is a bunch of tribes, divided by fears, location, and color, blaming each other over the pain and suffering caused by a handful of evil families.

The conspiracy theories which I have fun in the rabbit hole with, appeal to the absurdist in me. The Mandela Effect and the theories involving CERN and quantum physics, has had me convinced that life as we know it is a system of 1s and 0s in a computer. It’s also just funny to tell a group of strangers that Katy Perry is Jon Benet Ramsey, or HRC is a shapeshifting reptile. (and No, the earth is not flat)

The symbolism in the art (hidden or blatant) is also absurdism. Sometimes with an abstract piece, I will throw a bunch of 666’s or upside-down cross’ in, for shits-n-gigs. Then I’ll sell it to a nice, wholesome, Christian who doesn’t even see the blasphemy lost within the lines and splotches. Then I think about how crazy it would be, if this person was otherwise a perfect candidate to go to heaven; but because they idolized my sinful art, Jesus sends them to Hell.

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STO: What’s your opinion on the current climate of society at this point? Where in the hell is all this modern madness leading humanity?

RF: War. New wars, with more exotic enemies with elaborate motives. A lot of citizens really are sick of it, and the effect it has on society; but blame either Trump or Obama for it, thus dividing us further.

I hope that one day (even if it’s thousands of years from now) all of civilization can coexist the way it should. We could achieve so much, and go so far if the divide wasn’t there.

STO: You, along with Jay Miner, recently started up your own publishing house, Alien Buddha Press. What made you decide to get involved with publishing books? What inspired the dope name for the press?

RF: The name came from Jay Miner, and a series of haikus and one liners that he would write, and post in online poetry groups. We are a part of a network of extremely talented artists and writers, who we felt were a relatively untapped honey hole of talent. Jay and I both had the idea for such an endeavor, and it’s gotten off to a great start.

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STO: What is your overall vision for ABP?

RF: To produce quality content, which improves on the zeitgeist, and disregards the status quo.

I had a blast working on your book, “Poison in Paradise”. From an illustrator’s standpoint it was the perfect project to display some choice photog I’d been saving. It’s a wonderful collection of poems about adversity and the human spirit.

Then there’s “Surfing the Appellation Vortex” by Mark Hartenbach, “The Headpoke” by Paul Brookes, “Screamo Lullabies” by Robert J.W., “MY NAME IS GIORNA ALZAVOLA” (self-titled), “LOKO”motion of Life by Adam Levon Brown and “Irritable Brain Syndrome” by Willie Smith. These books are available on Amazon.com. Any of which is a real gem for anybody who likes to read poetry; and I am proud of every title.

STO: Can you talk a bit about some of your own books that have been published at this point? What type of material and themes do they delve into, and where can they be purchased by those who are interested in picking up copies?

RF: My first attempt was a short little poetry book called “Punk’s Not Nice”. It is a collection of 40 poems that I wrote in the winter of 2015-16. (Production wise, it reads like my first attempt). My second title is “Election Day” which was released at the end of the last election. It is 2 years’ worth of poetry, with little blurbs and jokes in-between to make it about the election. Aside from the page where I boldly claim that Hillary was going to win, I am happy with how it turned out. My most recent title is, and the first released through ABP is “Apophenia”. This is a poetry AND art book. It includes over 60 color prints. These are all available on Amazon as well.

STO: As 2017 continues rolling along, what are your expectations for the latter half of the year? Are there any new projects coming up that you’re particularly excited about?

RF: Two projects that I would like to note are “American Antihero”, a graphic novel we wish to continue expanding upon; and the first anthology book, which feature the work of ABP and its collaborators.

SO: Thanks again for your time, Red. If there’s anything else that you’d like to mention that my questions didn’t hit on, please feel free to share it here. The floor belongs to you.

RF: Alien Buddha is accepting submissions for publication at abuddhapress@yahoo.com. Thank you, Scott and 17Numa, for featuring me here. Peace. Pot. Microdot.

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