Red Beans and White Rice – Nicole Lyons

“Hypocrisy served
with a hefty side of red beans
and white rice,
and a pledge to love
the red man almost as much
as you love the white,
is still hypocrisy served
with a hefty side of red beans
and white rice…”

Nicole Lyons is a force of nature disguised as a writer, a social activist, a voice for the downtrodden, and a powerful poet with a delicate touch. She is a best selling published author, poet, and editor.

Her essays and poetry have been featured in the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective where she is also a consulting editor. You can find more of Nicole’s essays, articles, and poetry on The Mighty, The OCH Literary Society, Anti-Heroin Chic, Sidereal Catalyst, and OTV Magazine.

Nicole’s second book of poetry, ‘I am a World of Uncertainties Disguised as a Girl’ was published by Sudden Denouement Publishing in November 2017 and has remained on numerous Amazon’s best sellers lists since. You can purchase your copy here.

Personal value proposition

“Your PVP, your personal value proposition, is how you impact your company.
It’s how your work changes the world.” – Gapingvoid

Content writers don’t write blog posts – they create stories.

Teachers don’t teach – they create stories and experiences.

Teachers create stories around you as a main character. You get to play many parts, one of which is to rewrite and retell your story in English. With “little” help from your teacher.

So when you come the the course, you know what story to weave.

There is no place for arrogance in the teaching. The only thing is changing the world of your students.

Art by Hans Andersen Brendekilde.

The Laughing Heart

“your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.”
Charles Bukowski, The Laughing Heart

Art by Thomas Cooper Gotch.

Sunset & Moon – Kristiana Reed

Words embroidered with feelings by Kristiana Reed, another amazing writer with the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective:

“The sun is always setting
and the moon already risen
by the time I am here.

In the comfiest loft
I have ever seen.

Through the orange lit windows
I see fields and trees
bathed in gold,
bathed in a beauty
I have travelled miles in my mind
to behold.”

Kristiana Reed day dreams, people watches in coffee shops, teaches English and writes. She is President of FVR Publishing, a curator on Blood into Ink, a collective member of The Whisper and the Roar & Sudden Denouement, and blogs at My Screaming Twenties. She does the day to day running of Free Verse Revolution.

#TBT MARKED by Christine E. Ray

Exquisite brave words by the fierce Christine Elizabeth Ray:

“We were more than fingerprints

brushed across each other’s wrists

we loved recklessly

and deeply

dipped our hands

into our souls…”

Christine E. Ray is an indie author and freelance editor who lives outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. You can read more of her work on her blog Brave and Reckless. Her first book of poetry, Composition of a Woman, is available through Amazon and other major online book retailers.

Grammar of Ornament

“True beauty results from that repose which the mind feels when the eye, the intellect, and the affections, are satisfied from the absence of any want.”
Owen Jones, Grammar of Ornament (1856)

The Execution of Leon d’Oro- Grippo- Jonathan O’Farrell

Storytelling takes new form in the powerful words of Jonathan O’Farrell:

“Somehow, knowingly, he had saved
the last little remnant.
Somewhat dried six and a half month old toothpaste,
for the morning.
In waiting, the end of the tube,
or the end of his world,
he could not have, foretold…”

Half the world

“I mark’d a throne
Of half the world as all my own…”
Edgar Allan Poe, from “Tamerlane”,1827

Art by Eva Kosmos.

Now Available for Kindle: A Sparrow Stirs its Wings, Composition of a Woman, and Anthology Version I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

Sudden Denouement Publishing is thrilled to announce that three of our recent releases are now available for Kindle:

Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective
Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective is a thoughtfully curated compendium of the best writing published online by the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective from its launch in August of 2016 through April 2018. It includes 138 pieces of cutting-edge poetry, prose and short fiction written by 29 diverse writers from England, Romania, Japan, India, Finland, the United States and Canada. Thirty-one of the 138 pieces were written exclusively for the Anthology. This volume captures the astonishing raw power of these individual and united poetic voices.

A Sparrow Stirs its Wings by Rachel Finch
“Every now and then, when the world seems to be rocked in chaos and people are screaming without listening – vile words and cries for help climbing on top of and over each other – a single voice stands out, and that voice is pure in its truth and stunning in its wisdom.

Rachel Finch, and her debut book, A Sparrow Stirs its Wings, is that voice right now. Turning her heartbreaking abuse into heart wrenching prose, Finch writes her truth and gives her strength to every unnamed victim turned survivor.”
Nicole Lyons, I Am A World Of Uncertainties Disguised As A Girl

Composition of a Woman by Christine E. Ray
Christine Ray’s debut poetry collection ‘Composition of a Woman’ is an extraordinary glimpse into the essence of what it takes to make, and sometimes simultaneously break, a woman as strikingly powerful as she is beautiful. Split into five sections (Nerve, Brain, Breast, Rib, and Blood), Ray writes about chronic illness, depression, love, loss, and identity.

“Poet Christine Ray’s first printed collection of poetry, Composition of a Woman (Sudden Denouement Press, 2018) is a striking, fearless foray into the psyche of womanhood, both highly relatable and intensely personal for female readers and achingly candid and fascinating for male.”
Candice Louisa Daquin, Pinch the Lock


“Unless you really understand the water, and understand the reason for being on it, and understand the love of sailing and the feeling of quietness and solitude, you don’t really belong on a boat anyway. I think Hemingway said one time that the sea is the last free place on earth.”
Humphrey Bogart

Art by Frederick Judd Waugh.