The Box

It’s summer, the time when I am supposed to be the happiest. Gardening, butterflies, flowers and all the other things I think I need in order to survive what’s coming. But I hate the way the air feels, with it’s wildfire red sunsets reminding me that the world really is on fire and it’s just … Continue reading The Box


Everything you will never understand I’ve wished for a thousand times A non-believer Praying to be filled with what I know not And emptied of the same Equilibrium Released from delirium The moon, the sun and the stars Have tired of my voice So I turn to the earth She births hope Cradles death Panacea … Continue reading Wish

Rana Kelly’s Superstition Book Giveaway Contest

Rana Kelly’s Book Giveaway Contest

Sudden Denouement Collective


Sudden Denouement just published our first book, Superstition, a collection of poetry by the other-worldly Rana Kelly. The book is available through Amazon. It was a labor of love for both Rana and myself. The process of pouring yourself, your life experience into a book is daunting–and rewarding at the same time. Conversely, publishing a book is a great deal of work and undertaken with a passion for great poetry, great literature.
SD is greatly honored in the task. I would ask that anyone interested reward Rana by picking up a copy of her book. We will soon have copies with signed cards inside them. I would also suggest reading Until Her Darkness Goes, her amazing novel, also available on Amazon.
I will give a copy away to the best 100 words I receive about why poetry is necessary in a world of texts, social media, reality…

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Love this poem by DamagedLuna


I hope you know when I write this
I’m speaking to you
That I’m not screaming anymore
I’ve been ripping myself apart, I’m sure you’ve guessed.
I’ve learned to sew a few broken pieces
This leftover scar tissue feels more like a punishment
Than a savior.

I’ll always be here
You’ll always be there
But we’ll always understand
That sometimes happiness just is not enough
I know when thoughts circle you like sharks, you let them take you
You know I collect my numbers like jewels in my pockets
I know you wish I was different.

You used to tell me if I ever lost you
Scream out your name towards the night
I’ve been screaming ever since, not even the stars answer now
Once more I have been told that I am a little too much
A little too enraged, too closed, too odd
Once more I’ve sent you…

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Blood Into Ink Writing Prompt Challenge: 1Wise-Woman

Brave & Reckless

Too much has been taken

What wasn’t killed, was stolen

What wasn’t stolen, was poisoned

Eviscerated, vacant, voided

A snake

Camouflaged behind closed doors

Charmed by power

Powered by violence

Seize what you need

Plant a seed

Of destruction

With words

Lies and betrayal

Fury and force

It would be easier to believe in God

Than believe in you

Drain my blood

Your lifeline

My crumbling foundation

A black hole

Siphoning the sun

And the sky hurts

Like a moth self sacrificed

To light

Oblivious of it’s pestilent plight

There is no glory

In the details of my story

It was written for me


In my scars

The fear in my eyes

My irregular heartbeat

There are gaps here and there

From the times I couldn’t bear

Forced to read the same chapters

Reality recited too many times

In my fragmented mind

It speaks plainly enough

Blood loss


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First Place (Tie) Breath and Bone Writing Prompt Challenge: Breath, Bone, And Blood/1WiseWoman

Thanks to Christine for creating such fun challenges! I’m honored to be included in this group of amazing writers. Please take a moment to check out the other entries, you will be inspired ❤

Brave & Reckless

A planet without an atmosphere

Empty space filled with fear

Wild child

Don’t come near

With your worries and tears

Take it outside


Not seeing anything more than breath and bone

Forsaking innocence

Turning my heart to stone


Can’t find a place that feels like home

Give what’s left

To anyone that felt like love

Seen again as nothing more than breath and bone

Searching for a midnight sun


To a place built on my own

And fill the space

With love and kindness and trust

Bury the past in ash and dust

Secrets hidden within



By this broken heart

Bruised skin

Tired muscles

And a mind that knows

The truth

I am more

Than breath and bone

I write about mental illness and chronic illness. I use a variety of writing styles to incorporate all of the ugly and beauty of living with mental…

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A Few Steps From the Highway

Keep a safe distance You didn’t even insist I dove in backward Shocked and shattered Swallowed a hand grenade Catatonic on the concrete Frozen lemonade Melting ice Smells like candy Modus operandi Skin burning from the heat A few steps from the highway Oblivious to slow decay Sirens saturate sound Deadened by ringing in my … Continue reading A Few Steps From the Highway

First Look: Machiavelli’s Backyard by David Lohrey

New book!

Sudden Denouement Collective

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I just received my proof copy of David Lohrey’s new book Machiavelli’s Backyard from Sudden Denouement Publishing. It is beautiful book. We will have copies available in the next week. It is a very exciting week for SD. I would like to think those who have purchased Rana Kelly’s book Superstition. We will have the Kindle edition available any day now. We will also be giving away copies of both books. Though we have a lot to learn, we are on our way to becoming a serious publisher of divergent literature. This process has been the culmination of a year’s work. It could not have happened without the love and support of so many wonderful writers/editors.

Jasper Kerkau

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