In November of 2018, the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective announced its first Short Story Contest centered around the theme ‘Things Would Never Be The Same.’ We received 129 submissions from around the globe with incredibly diverse interpretations of the theme.
Basilike Pappa – No More Than You Can Salt
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Art by Suzanne Moxhay.
“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.”
– Boris Pasternak
Art by Andy Warhol (1982).
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
– John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1667
Art by Romany Soup.
” ‘Be happy,’ cried the Nightingale. ‘You shall have your red rose. I will build it out of music by moonlight, and stain it with my own heart’s-blood. All that I ask in return is that you be a true lover…’ ”
Oscar Wilde, “The Nightingale and the Rose”
Art by Christian Schloe.
Queenie by Lois Linkens on Sudden Denouement.
White slip of night at the shore,
And the fox-eyed pebbles wink at
The cold pearl moon. The freshwater stream,
Like silver silk…
Lois is a poet and student from England. She is studying the literature of the Romantics and hopes their values and innovations will filter through into her own work. She is working on longer projects at present, with a hope to publish poetry collections and novels in the years to come. She is a feminist, an nostalgic optimist, and a quiet voice in the shadows of Joanne Baillie and Charlotte Smith. It is a pleasure to present her work, and you can find more of it at Lois E. Linkens.
“One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Art – Van Gogh, A Lane near Arles, 1888.
I love words.
I cherish idioms, jargon, vernacular language. The most I love is Pan’s Labyrinth or treasure trove of word-work. Which firstly blind-numbs my eyes and mind. Then I have the eyesight of Argus and my mind channels the hands of Vulcan.
Art by Andrea Kowch.
Wondrous simplicity in the words of Erich Michaels:
” … In my head I didn’t carry uncertainty like a leaden blanket, ending sentences in…?
In return you punctuated every sentence with
I love you. ”
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?
“I got a little game that I play when it goes really hard, I just start dreaming and all becomes music.”
– Selma Jezková
Art by Julia Lillard.