The rule & curve-Introducing New Sudden Denouement Member: Candice Louisa Daquin/The Feathered Sleep

The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective is thrilled to introduce new Collective Member Candice Louisa Daquin.  Candice is the fierce beautiful voice behind The Feathered Sleep.

A dream reminded me of

countryside winter

snowed in house

cut off from sound

ice storm and horror movies

Kurt Cobain

everyone wearing plaid

stringy hair and

grinding hips

the rat eating his house

you smoking in a velvet chair

sunday interminable

release from despair

the portent of future

how hope of youth is our torment

all is possible and nothing is as real as it feels

the illusion and persistence of dreams

did I sleep to wake 20 years hence

still thinking tomorrow I will sit exams

anxious briefly as if time were a rubber band

no more the rule and curve

of outstretched hands

before we could afford tattoos

dying our hair with fragments

only the gentle footfall of sex and orange bulbs

swinging like marmalade

choices made, and made not

kissing arbitrary strangers at costume parties

we drive crowded in

steamed up

cars disguising our zeal behind foggy windows

you pull over for a piss

I run out into empty fields

long legs scratched by dead corn

the sky looks enormous

in a rush of past and future

I see myself in reflection

a small figure staring upward

do I know then what will come to pass?

would it make any difference?

or are we part of a greater weave?

rushing to the culmination of ourselves

only to look back retreating?

far back

through time

changing lens

adding dilution and tint

until the picture we held once

in our tight skin

becomes the us of now

solidified in our skin

like a tree feels its way deep

into soil

grasping blind way for roots

to feed

Candice Louisa Sequin is from sephardi descent and immigrated to the USA where she lives in the American South West. She’s written many poetry reviews, her own work has been published in magazines and she has her fifth book of poetry coming out thru Finishing Line Press. Candice loves modern dance, reads voraciously, walks in the countryside and loves supporting fellow poets in their quest for true creative expression, above all she honors the rare human traits of loyalty, truth and mercy and supports the destigmatization of mental illness.

32 thoughts on “The rule & curve-Introducing New Sudden Denouement Member: Candice Louisa Daquin/The Feathered Sleep

  1. This! – the strangeness of youthful, existential awe packed into 6 stanzas. Not a single top-heavy phrase or useless adverb – just simple, subtle writing. effing awesome!


  2. O Candice. We cannot tell you how excited and honored we are that you have joined us. This poem is yet another example of your incredible voice. Amazing salute to our younger days. Sorry I’ve been afk for so long. Peace and love my friend!

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  3. I have Candice’s book on my coffee table. Every time I read her work, I discover a new level of complexity. Like her other work, this piece is stunning. I am left without words when in the presence of her work. Our little group became much stronger with her participation. I can’t remember a more exciting moment for SD. I would like to thank Candice for gracing us with her brilliance. Thank you.

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  4. Candice, this piece is so wonderfully wistful and warm. Your sentiments were personally resonant. I love the nuance of your expressive manner. It’s perfectly understated with a seamlessness between the atmospheric divulgence and the syntactical aspects. I’ve been a fan of yours since I very first started on WP. I’m so happy that you’ve joined us. There couldn’t be a more perfect fit.

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  5. Absolutely well deserved.. Your hard work, and determination has lead you on this pathway. You are a person who holds a candle in the storm- and with your wonderful writings brings people in the warmth and reality of life. A true gift – and my appreciation of reading your poetry- has certainly taught me much. Brilliant- I may not know some of the heart ache you go through to produce such brilliance- This is why you stand out amongst the writers of the world. Its people like you- that make peope like me- feel and learn to discover ones self. You take care my friend !

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