Just Deserts – Nicole Lyons

Just Deserts – Nicole Lyons (The Lithium Chronicles)

If only you would vanish
and stay
hidden away in some desolate place,
buried and long forgotten,
I wouldn’t feel this need
to escape
my own mind
and the memories that lurk within.
They enthrall me
in the sickest way,
these thoughts upon memories
born out of the torment
you fed me.
And sometimes the taste of them,
the regret,
surges back into my mouth,
thick like honey,
to stick to my tongue.
And I would be lying
if I told you
that I didn’t think
about going back
for a second helping

[Nicole Lyons writes for The Lithium Chronicles, as well as being a contributor editor and writer for Sudden Denouement. Her poetry is smart, emotional, and an inspiration to many. She is a friend, a collaborator, and a caring human being who is very giving of herself and her time. I am honored to have begun to get know her and present her work on this forum. Thank you Nicole for everything you do. Jasper Kerkau]

Tomorrow is Last Day of Contest / Tom Slatin


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Tomorrow is Last Day of Contest / Tom Slatin

Tomorrow is the last day of the contest. I am looking forward to sending the judges your work. We have received an enormous amount of good work, and it is going to be hard to determine a winner. 1st place is 100 dollars. 2nd is 50 dollars. 3rd is 25 dollars. We will publish the finalists. We do not retain rights to any of the works.

I would like to say that the most rewarding part of this process is talking to other writers, which I’m sure I’ve mentioned before. I wanted to take a second and say a big thank you to Tom Slatin. He has a wonderful website with photography and writing. When I first started, he gave me invaluable advice about the process and sent me several stickers. I wanted to take a second to say thank you to him for taking his time to reach out to someone who was just starting. I have tried to pass that along and will continue to do so. Please take a moment to look at Tom’s wonderful work: TomSlatin.com.


an average rarity – Lois Linkens


an average rarity – Lois Linkens  lois e. linkens: poems and prose

 your eyes are normal eyes
oh, and your hands are normal too
under your normal clothes
masked, but not disguised
a normal, average body lies.
kept in decent shape,
even your hair may pass as
merely another head
young, edgy, but
hardly noticeable, or remarkable.
each person passes by
away in thoughts their own
rarely do they look at you
taken away by you,
stunned by you, longing to be
kissed by you. but
i could look at you for a thousand years and never
perceive you as anything less than perfect

– you – make – my – heart – skip –

[Lois describes herself as a “confused english student,” though one quickly finds a polished, charming poet in her work. She has an elegant style that compliments her keen insight and whimsical sensibilities. It is a pleasure to present her work, and we ask you to take a second to look at more of her wonderful work. Loislinks

The Spirit of Home – Introducing Sumaiya Muneer


Sumaiya Muneer – MULTITUDES

Moon-soaked and reverent.
I long for your phosphorescence,
your astral bones.
Half body, half something else.
Something humming in my
I do think I am a bit mad
for you.
I do think the skies
have found the dawn in us,
unfurling. The certainty of
your touch has me
everything else the light
[Sumaiya Muneer is poet currently studying in Saudi Arabia. She has a poignant, distinctive style that is accented by a unique approach to poetry. Please take a moment to look at a larger selection of her works: Sumaiya Muneer – MULTITUDES.]

The Gift I Saved For You – Introducing Stephanie Bennett-Henry


I spent a lot of time crawling
around in the dark
trying to avoid the unknown places
where monsters hide.
Careful not to wish for anything,
in fear those wishes would turn
into nightmares
waking me with the cold sweat of fear.
And I slept with one eye open
or I never slept at all.
Sometimes I think maybe
I’ve been sleepwalking
this whole time.
There’s some comfort in that thought.
That I’ll wake up
in a dark hallway and recognize
my surroundings as the home
I believed in, a dream come true
that didn’t wake me to say…
“I was never more than lies disguised as bricks”,
wood painted over with two coats
of someone laughing at me.
But that comfort is nothing
more than a security blanket
I wrap myself in and it’s shredded.
I’m saving those pieces for you.
The monsters found their hiding place
in your eyes and I’ve been counting for years.
Ready or not… here I come…
when you least expect it.
I’m bringing those pieces back to you.
Because it’s only fair
for you to feel each one
until it ruins you.

Stephanie Bennett-Henry – Poetry of SL

Stephanie Bennett-Henry is a fierce poet who speaks with the beautiful tone of courage. She boldly proclaims, “No one can take the Fire out of your soul…” and “I have stood my ground, I am not breaking.” Her work is rife with poetic defiance. We are honored by her participation. Please look at her bio and more of her wonderful body of work:

Poetry of SL
Stephanie Bennett-Henry
Raging Rhetoric


Divergent Literature Contest UPDATE


There are only three days left in the Sudden Denouement Divergent Literature Contest. December 1st the submissions will be judged by panel of contributors from Sudden Denouement.  We will start posting finalist shortly thereafter. The finalists will be notified in advanced.

Panel Includes:

We have received many, many wonderful submissions. It has been a gift to be able to talk to so many of you. It has been the most rewarding part of the process. I look forward to speak more of you in the near future.

We are pleased to announce that we will be posting several new writers this week. Tomorrow we are posting a work by Stephanie Barrett-Henry. She is someone we have been aware of for some time, and, to say the least, it is an honor to be able to publish her work. We will be publishing a work by Mai Winters, Multitudes, who possesses amazing talent.  In addition to Mai, we are going to be featuring a poem by Max Meunier.

That would normally be enough, but we will also be presenting a new work by the incomparable Nicole Lyons of The Lithium Chronicles. She is a tremendously talented writer, contributing editor/writer for Sudden Denouement, and one of our favorite people.

Lastly, Miss Georgia Park is starting a feminist collective called Whisper to the Roar.  She is currently looking for contributors/collaborators. Submit your poetry to Georgia at whispertotheroar@gmail.com.

Jasper Kerkau


bow Wow – Georgia Park


bow Wow Georgia Park (Private Bad Thoughts & Whisper and the Roar)

I want the TSA

to smash my dog’s

little safety box into bits

instead of just the disposable lock

made especially for smashing

after the thirteen hours she spent in it

in cargo far from my place in the cabin

and then after landing

 I hear her cries,  desperate

but I’m not be able to touch her

until we clear customs


I free her in Chicago

and dump her into the car

 someone brings for us

painstakingly prearranged

I don’t count on the headache

the pressure the dog fur

out of reach


someone brings the car for us

to drive back in my homeland

after three years locked out of it

the chatter on the radio sounds foreign

American accented English

-it’s hard to listen-


Driving in America is different.

I bow to every driver who passes

like a good Korean

and then I start nodding…

it’s the 24 hour difference

I just can’t manage

my dog is alive

and I am so 

bone tired….

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