Viola author Edward Scott uses poetry to express his thoughts.

Edward Scott has got a lot to say, and to say it, he's turned to poetry.

The Viola resident just released "Cosmetic," his fifth book of poems in as many years, published by Jazzy Kitty Publishing of Newark.

It's a venue that allows him to put down his thoughts and feelings, and express them to a wide audience, Scott said.

"This is a new day and time for writers," he said. "If I were to say my books were about any particular category, I'd be lying.

"My style allows me to input my brand of poetry. I'm stretching the realm of possibility; my poems stretch across the spectrum from one thing to another."

Although born in Georgia, Scott has lived most of his life in the First State.

"I'm more from here than from there," he said.

A 1984 graduate of Caesar Rodney High School, Scott served as a radio operator in the U.S. Army, returning to Delaware following his discharge. Although he earned a journalism degree, he's found greater satisfaction working for the state of Delaware as a certified nursing assistant, helping aging veterans.

But when he's not working at what he calls "one of the most beneficial jobs I've ever had," Scott writes his poetry.

Copies of his books can be found in more than 160 public and college libraries throughout the world, including his alma mater, Delaware State University.

A sample of "Cosmetic" is available at This and Scott's other books may be found at most online bookstores, beginning at $9.50.

Q What is the inspiration for your poetry?

A The best I can say is, I cannot honestly explain that part of me. I get ideas that come up, they bounce around in my head and if I don't write them down, I get a headache. If I have an idea, this red light goes off, and I have to write it down. If I don't, I'm going to have those ideas haunting me all day. The only way I can clear my conscious mind is to write them down.

Q How would you describe your works?

A For me, poetry is like painting words on paper. I'm trying to retain my readers' interest. I don't want them to see my poetry just as words descending from line to line, I want my readers to take in the metamorphosis of my poetry as well.

Each work I create reflects my personality. I feel that's the way it should be. Each book has a different form and there's a different reflection about how I feel about each book.

Q You've got five books on the shelves of libraries all over the world. What's next?

A My goal is to get 20 years at my state job, and then I will move forward. I've gotten a lot of feedback from college librarians, and I'm really thrilled about that. The librarians know me, and now I want the public to know me.