Category Archives: A Global Divergent Literary Collective

Guest Writer: Tofu “Errant Pleasures”

Guest Writer: Tofu “Errant Pleasures” on Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

“I am lost.
labyrinth in static motion,
kaleidoscope-violated prism,
glass veins and sticky lacerations
amphetamine-laced burrowing into skin
and I’ve forgotten your scent……

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/06/24/guest-writer-tofu-errant-pleasures/

[photo: Clara Bow]

“I am Tofu, a twenty-one year old poet. I reside in British Columbia, in a rural neighbourhood, surrounded by power lines and open fields. My work is influenced by trauma, uncomfortable sensations, and the people of my past, present, and future. I’ve trekked through periods of poverty, chaos, peace and growth, and weave my experiences into intimate and vulnerable poetry. I hope only to encourage thought and empathy from the people who read my work.”

I also have a personal Instagram at @tofulori.
Her writing can be found at Tofu.poetry.blog.
Instagram: @tofulori

Guest Writer Lynn White The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

A great story of loud light and bright whisper at Sudden Denouement Literary Collective:

The Light At The End Of The Tunnel

They all said the same,
that the light
at the end
of the tunnel
had been switched off.
She didn’t believe it.

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/06/13/guest-writer-lynn-white-the-light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel/


[Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality and writes hoping to find an audience for her musings. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Peach Velvet, Light Journal and So It Goes. Find Lynn at: https://lynnwhitepoetry.blogspot.com and https://www.facebook.com/Lynn-White-Poetry-1603675983213077/]

Black & White Photography Contest Extended to 6/23

Sudden Denouement Black & White Photography Contest Extended to 6/23
We are extending submission deadline upon request from several participants.

Submit photos to suddendenouement@gmail.com.

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/06/17/black-white-photography-contest-extended-to-6-23/

Mariah Voutilainen Reviews Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

SUDDEN DENOUEMENT’S ANTHOLOGY VOLUME I: WRITINGS FROM THE SUDDEN DENOUEMENT LITERARY COLLECTIVE DEMONSTRATES DIVERGENCE IN A MULTITUDE OF WAYS

…By the time I began reading the final third of the Anthology, I wished for respite from the unearthing of discontent and the unforgiving barrage of reality, even as it was sometimes cloaked in fantastical imagery. And a partial reprieve came in the form of odes to the seasons: “The Marigold of months has sure begun./Fling back the shutters and let down your Hair…” (Lois Linkens’ “the Yellow month”) and Spring has “a vessel/for the softest fragrance” (Iulia Halatz’s “Song of Spring”). There are testaments to romance and even epic love like Eayre’s “Out of My Hands,” but little if any frivolous romanticism here, just reality painted in elegantly brash words and unique imagery. Finally and fittingly, remembrances of death serve as the beginning of the end of the Anthology. In those poems and prose, I saw the openness of heart and strength of spirit required to allow total strangers to see the pain of losing a loved one…

Read the entire review at www.indieblu.net.

Introducing New SD Writer Skye (Melting Neurons)

Introducing New SD Writer Skye (Melting Neurons):
“The sun is a hornet sting, the moon is a muse shining a halo of opportunity in the falling dusk.”

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/06/11/introducing-new-sd-writer-skye-melting-neurons/

[Melting Neurons resides in Wenatchee, WA where he lives with his wife and stuffed owl, they both hail from Bend, OR originally. He has lived in more than 75 cities across the country at various points including Boston and New Bedford, MA. His writing centers around a lifetime filled with adventures in schizoaffective bipolar, addiction, and the dichotomy of being everything from a corporate executive to homeless on the streets for years. Someday he hopes his estranged children will discover these pieces, and he can regain a relationship with them. He is a member of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and enrolled in Wenatchee Valley College studying English and Creative Non-Fiction.]

Introducing New Sudden Denouement Writer Vicki Wilson

Vicki Wilson, a strong new voice in the secret language at Sudden Denouement:

“The pause
It is the pause
Between heartbeats
Where I await the echo
To signal that it can beat again…

…that I can breathe again…”

Read the whole piece: https://suddendenouement.com/2019/06/07/guest-writer-vicki-wilson/

I am an amateur poet, published author and professional technical analyst… all of these things mean I basically solve puzzles for a living, and to keep from dying. I know this because I died once. Metaphorically. Six years of a slow death by industrialised decision making. In the end I was so numb to living I ceased to exist. But burn-out has a silver lining, you wake up and all you have left is steel and the rich black of sticky charcoal to make your mark. I am still learning how to hold a pen, how to form words into a living thing, but my scratchings are mine, they are made with the corpse of who I was. I offer them as evidence I exist.

I have recently published a children’s book – written and illustrated by myself – under the banner of dragonflypublishing. You can find me there writing my next one: https://www.facebook.com/dragonflypublishing.au.

Peripheral Visions – David Lohrey

Let’s say that most of us flicker in silence, David Lohrey is one of the few who flickers in a roar.
Read his amazing piece on Sudden Denouement:

“They’ve outlawed torture because it doesn’t work,

but they forgot to tell my little brother.
I went to Madrid and wanted paella but all I found

was frozen pizza.
I traveled to Saudi Arabia and knew exactly what I wanted,”

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/06/08/peripheral-visions-david-lohrey/

[David Lohrey is from Memphis, where he grew up, and now lives in Tokyo, where he teaches and writes for local travel magazines. He graduated from UC Berkeley and then moved to LA where he lived for over 20 years.

Internationally, his poetry can be found in Otoliths, Stony Thursday Anthology, Sentinel Quarterly, and Tuck Magazine. In the US, recent poems have appeared in Poetry Circle, FRiGG, Obsidian, and Apogee Journal. His fiction can be read in Crack the Spine, Dodging the Rain, and Literally Stories.

David’s The Other Is Oneself, a study of 20th-century literature, was published in 2016, while his first collection of poetry, Machiavelli’s Backyard, was released in September 2017. He is a member of the Sudden Denouement Collective.]

Sudden Denouement Black & White Photography Contest

I am excited to herald the Sudden Denouement Black & White Photography Contest:

Sudden Denouement has since its inception been interested in the synergy between imagery and the written word. We have been diligent in our commitment to maintain a specific aesthetic that compliments the strange world of words we inhabit. In the spirit of our commitment, we are launching a black and white/monochrome/sepia photography contest. This contest is a celebration of the medium, but also a means to showcase artists who share a passion for black and white photography.
Read the whole article:
https://suddendenouement.com/2019/06/06/sudden-denouement-black-white-photography-contest/
Send submissions to suddendenouement@gmail.com
Deadline: 6/19/2019

[Photo: Able Eble]

The Night is for many things but … Jonathan O’Farrell

Wonderful piece by Jonathan on Sudden Denouement:

“I would rather walk
my authentic steps into the night,
embracing obscurity,

than remain pliant fodder
for certainly lovely honey-traps
laid aforehand, by well-meaning pity.”

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/06/05/the-night-is-for-many-things-but-jonathan-ofarrell/

[Photo: Jonathan O’Farrell]

“I guess you might describe me as a semi-nomad, at the moment . . . and in the moment, I might change. I am transitioning into a creative life, blogging, photography and, significantly, the publication of my first two photographically illustrated poetry anthologies, this year.”

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Overlay – Erich Michaels

Would you believe me
If I told you
The song playing in the other room
Just faint enough to be imperceptible
Will color your entire day
That it’s set your head askew…

https://erichmichaels.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/overlay/

Erich Michaels describes himself as “just trying to share the human experience.” He has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, but find himself writing SOPs (lather, rinse, repeat) in order to make a living, which can be detrimental to the creative process. You can find him on the road to recovery at Erich Michaels. Every journey begins with a single step, right?