Poets Who Contributed to “Persian Sugar in English Tea”: Scott Thomas Outlar

Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa.wordpress.com where links to his published poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, reviews, live events, and books can be found. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Scott was a recipient of the 2017 Setu Magazine Award for Excellence in the field of literature. His work has been translated into Albanian, Afrikaans, Persian, and Italian.

Scott contributed with three short poems to the bilingual anthology, Persian Sugar in English Tea, Vol II and published a Youtube video, reciting a selection from the above mentioned collection including his own poem, Coloring Outside the Lines.

You can watch the video and listen to the Farsi translation of the poem below:

Coloring Outside the Lines

Blue is the color of kaleidoscope dreams

abstracted with neon mandalas

that swirl and shift

in spaces beyond

those consciousness knows how to tame.


Energy crystalized at a pressurized point

transcends the limitations

of places we fear to tread

while manifesting the miracles

that only grace can erupt into existence.


White is the color of cumulus clouds

singing hymns down from heaven

as mantras of whispered breath

hum from the lips of holy angels

to swarm across the land below.


Prophecies and prayers of old

align at the web’s woven center

to reveal a matrix of truth

that boils in the heart of peace

and tears away the final veil of illusion.


Note: Originally appeared in Tuck Magazine.

رنگهایی که از خط بیرون زده

آبی، رنگ رویاهای متنوعی است

که با تذهیب های براق از هم جدا شده اند

در فضاهای ماورایی

می چرخند و تغییر می کنند

آگاهی و شعور می داند که چگونه آنها را رام کند

انرژی در یک نقطه متبلور شده

از محدودیت مکان هایی که می ترسیم

در آنجا گام بگذاریم، فراتر رفته است

در حالی که معجزات نشان می دهد

تنها فضیلت است که امکان ظهور دارد

 سفید، رنگ ابرهای پنبه ای است

آوازی بهشتی است که نازل شده

همانطور که که لبان فرشتگان مقدس

اذکار را زمزمه می کند

تا در سرزمینهای زیرینش ببارد

پیشگویی ها و دعاهای قدیمی

در مرکز بهم تافته یک شبکه، همگام می شوند

و زمینه ای از حقیقت را آشکار می کنند

که در دل آرامش می جوشد

و آخرین حجاب توهم را می درد







3 thoughts on “Poets Who Contributed to “Persian Sugar in English Tea”: Scott Thomas Outlar

  1. Reblogged this on 17numa and commented:
    Thank you to Soodabeh Saeidnia for translating three of my poems for the recent Persian Sugar in English Tea (volume two) print anthology…


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