After I thought I’d risen above the naffness:
all that nonchalant throwing of the hat onto the stand,
the eyebrows like handlebars, the licence to pun.
Sean still floats my leaky boat.
Perhaps it’s that scene in From Russia With Love
where he’s alone, undressing for the shower,
slipping off polished shoes and flinging
his shirt behind him like he hates it;
all big-cat arrogance and slumberous grace.
Then there’s that hairline crack
of tenderness when he asks the woman be spared;
the complicated gun-sling under the evening suit.
I know at 55 I’m meant to hate
the way Sean grabs at broads as they sashay
close enough to be caught; the swift
up-down-up first look that skims
with practised ease over stockinged legs, dewy lips.
Instead I turn into hot fudge
at the growl and purr of that voice
that can say take off your dress in six languages;
the love of Turkish tobacco blends,
the knowledge of fifty shades of dryness
in a vermouth; the room service order
for thick chilled yoghourt and green figs for breakfast.
At 55 I want all these things back again
as if I’d ever had them.
Aston Martins trembling in the shadows,
iced caviar on silver trays, and Sean –
padding across his hotel room in his socks,
checking for bugs the paintings, the light fittings.
‘At 55 I Still Fancy Sean Connery’ was highly commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2017)
David Canning wins the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2017) judged by Anthony Watts.
Source: Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry & Short Story Competitions Results Page
Closing Date: 31-August-2017
Details: Organised every three months …since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications.
Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended)
Entry Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10
Judge: Oz Hardwick
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Landing Stage – Joan Michelson
Sentinel Literary Quarterly (April – June 2017)
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Mandy Pannett – Judge
We are pleased to announce the results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (February 2017) judged by Mandy Pannett.
1st Prize – Potholes – by Pat Borthwick
2nd Prize – Swallows to Plett Bay. SA. by Val Bridge
3rd Prize – In Which I Tell My Blues by Al Mcclimens
Highly Commended – Literacy by Sam Burns
Highly Commended – By the Rice Paddy by Ion Corcos
Highly Commended – Workinkitchen by Laura Thompson
Commended – Catching the Train by Catherine Edmunds
Commended – Lascaux Horse by Ciarán Parkes
Commended – Virgil Sends a Postcard Home by Al McClimens
The winning and commended poems will be published in the Sentinel Champions section of Sentinel Literary Quarterly on 30.04.2017
For the full results and adjudication report go to: 0217-results
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Touched for the very first time is a short story by Paul McDonald was the third prize winner, Sentinel Annual Short Story Competition 2015. touched-for-the-very-first-time-pm