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What does the heart mean in popular culture?

SHARON PHILLIPS

Anyone? Seat of the emotions, yes.
Romantic love, yes. What else? What
does the heart mean to you? Yes, you.
Heartache, heartbreak. Good. Or not,
as the case may be. My achey breaky
heart, its causes and effects. No cure.
Any more? Heartbeat, indeed: it skips
when my baby kisses me. Kissed me.

Some of you may think that absurd.
Failure to cite popular music will lose
marks. Total eclipse of, anyone who had,
etcetera. Your examples will be more
up to date. Past my sell-by date, she said.
More ideas? Heartbroken. Broken-hearted.
Good. More detail, anyone? Who had love
that’s now departed. How apt. Well done.

Another noun, perhaps? Heart-breaker.
Bang on. Check spelling for accuracy.
She said I kept lyin’ when I oughta been
truthin’. I didn’t understand. Still don’t.
Quotation, not quote. I try not to feel bitter.
Bitch. Any more? Yes? Heartsick. Archaic
but nonetheless useful. Explain, anyone?
Dejected. Correct. Despondent. Yes.

Sources:
Bacharach, Burt and David, Hal. ‘Anyone who had a heart’. Warner Chappell Music
Collins English Dictionary. Definition of ‘heartsick’.
Hazlewood, Lee, ‘These boots are made for walkin’’. Universal Music.
Montgomery, Bob and Petty, Norman. ‘Heartbeat’. Universal Music.
Steinman, Jim. ‘Total eclipse of the heart’. Warner Chappell Music.
Von Tress, Don. ’Achey Breaky Heart’. Universal Music.
Weatherspoon, William, Riser, Paul and Dean, James. ‘What becomes of the broken hearted?’. Sony Music Publishing.

“What does the heart mean in popular culture?” by Sharon Phillips was highly commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (August 2017) judged by Oz Hardwick.

Sharon retired from a career in education in 2015 and started to write poems again after a break of 40 years. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Ink Sweat and Tears, Picaroon, Algebra of Owls and Snakeskin, among others. In 2017 she won the Borderlines Poetry Competition with her poem ‘Tales of Doggerland’ and was also shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Sharon lives on the Isle of Portland, in Dorset.

At 55 I Still Fancy Sean Connery

ANNA WIGLEY

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)

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry & Short Story Competitions Results Page

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

SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY COMPETITION (AUGUST 2017)

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)
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Results and Adjudication Report – SLQ Poetry Competition February 2017

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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

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