Category Archives: A Global Divergent Literary Collective

‘The Myths Of Girlhood’ – Christine Ray

Invincible artistry in Christine’s second book of poetry, ‘The Myths Of Girlhood’

The Myths of Girlhood – Christine Ray

“we were spoiled
for reality
by milk chocolate-coated fairy tales
force fed us as girls
made to swallow
not spit
myths about beauty
love…

drink a brief taste of the pink champagne dream
before the clock struck midnight
and we turned back
into pumpkins…”

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.

In winter

“In winter we lead a more inward life. Our hearts are warm and cheery, like cottages under drifts, whose windows and doors are half concealed, but from whose chimneys the smoke cheerfully ascends.”
Henry David Thoreau

In summer, when days are squeezed of every inch of magic given by the clear moon in night,
we write:

I am delighted that five of my poems were included in the Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I. The anthology is now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

#TBT I SAY THAT I LOST YOU by Christine Elizabeth Ray

Invincible artistry in the words of Christine Elizabeth Ray:

I say that I lost you
as though you were an umbrella
that I carelessly left on the bus
after the summer rain had stopped…

https://braveandrecklessblog.com/2018/11/29/tbt-i-say-that-i-lost-you/

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.

I Still Don’t Know How To Love by Jasper Kerkau

I Still Don’t Know How To Love by Jasper Kerkau

“Love is so allusive. Everyone is looking for something that will ultimately disappoint them. I have mild conversation at laundromats and book stores. I have taken up a life of leisure, try to find God in simple things, but it is all so complicated. Everyone is so broken…”

https://suddendenouement.com/2018/12/10/i-still-dont-know-how-to-love-jasper-kerkau/

[Jasper Kerkau is a writer/editor/co-creator of Sudden Denouement. His personal blog is Jasperkerkauwriting.com]

Half-life by Erich Michaels

Magnificent and magnanimous piece of writing by Erich Michaels (“magnanimous” because he has shared it with us):

“We’re all in a state of continual decay

Casting off neutrinos, alphas and betas

Dander and forgotten moments of yesterday

Fluttering to the floor is what their fate is…”

https://erichmichaels.wordpress.com/2017/12/30/half-life/

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?

WRONG TWIN’S LULLABY by Basilike Pappa

“It said sleep / the voice said / slide into / me / like a fish / in water the voice said / dreamless / I’ll catch you / just sleep it said / you’re tired and / it’s time to / sleep…”

https://suddendenouement.com/2018/11/26/wrong-twins-lullaby/

Basilike Pappa lives in Greece. She likes her coffee black, her walls painted green and blue, her books old or new. She despises yellow curtains and red tape. She can’t live without chocolate, flowers and her dog. Places she can be found are: kitchen, office, living room. If she’s not at home, I don’t know where she is. You can find Basilike up late with a notebook in the Silent Hour.

Photography by Jimmi Campkin (jimmi campkin.com)

Ms. Georgia Park We Are With You

https://suddendenouement.com/2018/11/24/ms-georgia-park-we-are-with-you/

Sudden Denouement is a community of special people. I don’t know if we would have made it without you. Collectively, we are working on how to be of assistance to one who has brought such joy to people all over the world. We have your back. More details will be forthcoming on how we can help be of assistance to Georgia in her time of need. Material things can be replaced, luckily you and your dog survived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jasper Kerkau

We have established a GoFundMe for Georgia to help her right now as she has lost the majority of her belogings to this fire. Please do what you can to donate and if you can’t, please share our GoFundMe.

What can I give you?

PROUD TO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO ALIVE WORDS THAT CREATE A WORLD WITHOUT MAPS:

Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

What can I give you? I am the blue
as imagined by a blind
and the roots of knowledge
as watered by a scholar.

I am the yellow
wind and the mauve
respond of light
perched
in the ubiquitous trees
tethered in the clouds
that barely scratch
the sky.

I am the green
storm and colorless waves
that wished upon a mountain
to break water in tryst
with the sun.

Not by blindness
we can reorder colors
but by the painting of a soul
in a moment tender
as the liquid moon
is quivering above the forest.

© Iulia Halatz

I am delighted that this poem was included in the Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume I. The anthology is now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

Idiom – Joey Gould

“It’s right where you left it

the radial arm
saw, even though mum moved. The deep
cutting 12” blade, the chopped-out fence,
the bench that held every deck board.
Better it should stay in your cave, I an apart-
ment dweller then, watching moths land
on my scotch glass fourth floor studio…”

https://suddendenouement.com/2018/11/21/idiom-joey-gould/


Photography art by Dirk de Herder.

Joey Gould is a long-time contributor to Mass Poetry who has twice been nominated for Bettering American Poetry and once for a Pushcart Prize. He has performed in The Poetry Circus, Elle Villanelle’s Poetry Bordello, and The Poetry Society of New York’s Poetry Brothel. He writes 100-word reviews as poetry editor for Drunk Monkeys. He’s working on a website: joeygouldpoetry.wordpress.com.

You can follow Joey on Twitter @toshines.

Short Circuiting- Ms. Georgia Park

“What if I recklessly wrote three or four poems a day
and sent them into the void of cyberspace
where anyone from my little brother to my exes could read them
until I was picked clean like the carcass…”

https://suddendenouement.com/2018/11/22/short-circuiting-ms-georgia-park/

Georgia writes for Sudden Denouement, Private Bad Thoughts, and is the creator of Whisper and the Roar: A Feminist Literary Collective.