When I first met Don Beukes in 2015 via social media, we became fast friends because I could sense in him a deep appreciation for the art of poetry, and, truly, for language in all its myriad forms of expression. Being multilingual, Beukes has an intuitive understanding of how the written word can cross all borders and boundaries to speak directly between souls.
“My artwork is a release, it is emotional expression, it is relaxation. I’m not sure that if I tried to sell my art whether I would continue to find the joy that I do in my work, but who knows what the future holds.”
“Continuing. If you’re watching CNN, you’re wrong. If you’re reading Breitbart, you’re wrong. If you’re watching FOX, you’re wrong. If you’re reading The New York Times, you’re wrong. If you’re watching MSNBC, you’re wrong.”
“All that in mind, I think a lot might be gleaned from that tradition’s successes in generating audience, and how it might be applied to today’s declining readership. Here, it’s well worth noting that street papers-vended by the unhoused and economically vulnerable in many cities across the U.S. — are sort of post-modern cousins to broadside ballads.”
“Lovely intentions wrapped up in sanguine desires. Force fed down the throat of a blacklisted neurotoxin. Stuffed gut. Warped adrenaline.”
“Rake in the cash. Scheme all day using the sleazy system designed as a pyramid ponzi fiat failure. Fuck the crowd over come nightfall. Club into the early hours of the morning. Ecstasy in the neon fading light. Sleep like a baby on steroids. Dying to reach hormonal balance.”
Scott Thomas Outlar hosts the site 17Numa, where links to his published poetry and fiction can be found. His chapbook “Songs of A Dissident” will be released in January of 2016 through Transcendent Zero Press.