Category Archives: Wordsmith

SD Short Story Contest Finalist: The Chasm – Stephanie Clark

The Chasm by Stephanie Clark for the SD Short Story Contest

“His hands shake, trembling on fragments of the cool autumn breeze, but the subtle quiver of his upper lip says it’s nothing to do with the dropping temperatures. Darting eyes, wide with anger and resentment, seek out a place to rest themselves but spy only treason and heartbreak.”

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/03/31/sd-short-story-contest-finalist-the-chasm-stephanie-clark/

Stephanie Clark has been a freelance writer for over eight years. She finds her passion in the pause one takes when looking for the right word.

Song of Spring

From the Anthology Volume I: Writings from the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

Spring is a princess
without voice
only fingers
to mix colors
in the rainbows.

She’s got a vessel
for the softest fragrance
pressed in archives
in the Library of Scent…
There are plums
the cherries
and the blooms of vines
escalating
on the earth’s shelves…

Anyone who writes down
to Spring
is simply wasting
a leaf of scent.

No one is ever so poor
as not to write up
music
to all the shades of Spring
and to the dancing stars
to give a gift
of chaos…

© Iulia Halatz

SD Short Story Contest Finalist: Madame Guillotine – Brian J. Welch

Enthralling story by Brian J. Welch on Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

“… Those who watched loved nothing more than the entertainment that her kiss provided, something to break up their monotonous and feckless lives. The crowd saw only show. Louis, however, saw only her grace… and her neglect. He could see that although she stood tall and proud in the square, fulfilling her purpose, what she really needed was a few moments of tenderness…”

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/03/27/sd-short-story-contest-finalist-madame-guillotine-brian-j-welch/

About the author: Currently, I live in Austin and work as a designer in the construction industry. I have an MFA in Studio Art from Mass College of Art and Design where I focused on books as conceptual art. I have since decided to try my hand at writing a few, though I have not yet been published.

Poetry

“Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these.”

T.S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent, 1912

Art by Francesco Lojacono.

The Crime of Understanding – David Lohrey

David Lohrey on Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

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.

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/03/20/the-crime-of-understanding-david-lohrey/

David Lohrey’s plays have been produced in Switzerland, Croatia, and Lithuania. In the US, his poems can be found at the RavensPerch, New Orleans Review, Nice Cage, and The Drunken Llama. Internationally, his work appears in journals located in the UK, the Netherlands, India, Malawi, and Hungary. His fiction can be seen at Dodging the Rain, Terror House Magazine, and Literally Stories. David’s collection of poetry, MACHIAVELLI’S BACKYARD, was published by Sudden Denouement Publishers. He lives in Tokyo. You can read more of his writing at Writing, Musing, Poetry.

Sudden Denouement Welcomes New Collective Member R. S. Williams – These Broken Gods II

Sudden Denouement Welcomes New Collective Member R. S. Williams – These Broken Gods II

“We and us, as gods of ink,
with stars snatched in fists made of paper and power,
shall sin…”

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/03/21/sudden-denouement-welcomes-new-collective-member-r-s-williams-these-broken-gods-ii/

R.S. Williams writes strange and provocative things, usually from multiple perspectives—human and otherwise. She has an increasingly codependent relationship with words and started writing them down as a way to get even closer to them. You can read more of R.S.’ writing on Instagram and Facebook.

Foundations – Jimmi Campkin

Foundations by Jimmi Campkin on Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

“I salute the trees. I am not magnificent but I can see everything grow. I hear the grass chattering and laughing. I stare at the oaks as they stretch like old hungover drunks after a binge.”

https://suddendenouement.com/2019/03/18/foundations-jimmi-campkin/

Jimmi Campkin is a “Writer, photographer, creator of SANCTUARY. 16bit child, INFP with clinical nostalgia and red wine for blood.” You can enjoy more of his work at jimmi campkin.com.

Artist of the floating world

“She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.”
Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

Art by Kawase Hasui.

The knight of infinite resignation – Nitin Lalit Murali

Magnificent piece by Nitin Lalit Murali on Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

“The sunrise kills, and the sunset terrifies. I snatch sleep between the aubade and the curtain call, but even then, demonic dreams haunt. I’m not your source of inspiration.
….
So, I don’t ask for your sympathy and empathy is never given without a clause. I only ask for your understanding.”

Read more: https://suddendenouement.com/2019/03/05/the-knight-of-infinite-resignation-nitin-lalit-murali/

Nitin Lalit Murali is a poet, flash fiction writer and essayist from Bangalore, India. He also enjoys reading literature of different genres and listening to jazz and neo-classical music. He started writing seven years ago and art has consumed him over the years. He blogs regularly at Fighting the Dying Light.