“As if you could pick in love, as if it were not a lightning bolt that splits your bones and leaves you staked out in the middle of the courtyard. (…) You don’t pick out the rain that soaks you to the skin when you come out of a concert.”
– Julio Cortázar
Art by Vincent Willem Van Gogh.
“Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.”
– Samuel Beckett
Art by Salvator Dali.
Sudden Denouement started a little over three years ago with a vision of creating a platform for divergent voices. We have grown tremendously and have been gifted with amazing talent from around the world. We are now soliciting submissions for new writers. If you are interested, please send a sample of your work, along with a short bio. We are interested in those who write poetry, short fiction, or any form that lends itself to the format.
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What would Mr Somerset Maugham post on Instagram?
The Trembling of a Leaf…
Art by Paul Gauguin.
David Lohrey is the personification of Sudden Denouement.
The Crime of Understanding
He tells me Fashion has a purpose.
“You’re not against anything,” I say.This is part of the problem. People defend the end of the world, explain it, like they don’t care. Like if they understand it, they can control it.
[David Lohrey is the author of Machiavelli’s Backyard from Sudden Denouement Publishing. He is also an editor for Sudden Denouement and a mentor for me personally – Jasper Kerkau]
“At the bottom of every frozen heart there is a drop or two of love ― just enough to feed the birds.”
― Henry Miller
Art by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
My latest on Sudden Denouement:
All roads lead to Rome
– Delmore Schwartz
All words lead to Love
And the poetry in the afterLove
I wish I wrote poems
For the dreamers of barren lands.
They do not go to Rome
They go to places
That cannot be.
Maybe love is a colorless, odorless
We see through
with the eyes of
the bricked sky,
streeted lunarian trails
breathing and tingling
In the perfect nightmare
Vines reward our sun
with the sweetness
wedded in perpetuity with
the linear shades of amber.
From the Good Place
Where joy is an illumination
To the Place that Cannot Be
They would have worn
The silver claw
of the Moon
above their heads
© Iulia Halatz
Art by Ellen Rogers.
“What I see is nothing – I want what it hides – that is not nothing.”
– Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, 1966
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea, 1966 / First edition cover
Stunning piece on Sudden Denouement
“Can’t sleep lately. Everything’s too bright. I’m not used to serenity; I am comfortable in the moss, under a rock, in the onyx flames of ill repute.”
“Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you. Sometimes it hurts, but when you are Real you don’t mind being hurt. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. Once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand. Once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
– Margery Williams
Art – Clair de Lune et Lumières, Léon Spilliaert, 1909