Poem by Margaret Wilmot

Game in a Dutch Castle It is the pity of it, all those lives stuffed on their pedestals, dead. And a kind of shame pervades my pity too – as if voyeur at some nasty game. I shouldn’t be here … Continue reading


Poem by John Freeman

Opus 131 That opening slow rising-and-falling tune on the first violin, emerging out of silence, descending to the understanding welcome offered by second violin, viola, and cello so discreet I scarcely hear it, does for me what I think the … Continue reading


Poem by Karen Morash

Things I Have Advertently and Inadvertently Taught My Daughters This Past Year No one is wholly good or wholly bad. (with one or two exceptions) A movie scene with a woman being a warrior can make up for badly-written dialogue … Continue reading


April – June 2018

The April – June 2018 issue of Sentinel Literary Quarterly is delayed by just over two weeks and will be published on the 16th of May. You can return to this page or if you would like to be notified … Continue reading

Judge’s Report and Results, Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (February 2018)



Mandy Pannett Reviews Gap Year by Andy Blackford and John Foggin

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Title: Gap Year Authors: Andy Blackford. John Foggin Publisher: SPM Publications ISBN: 978-0-9935035-4-2 Pages: 86 Price: £8.00 Reviewer: Mandy Pannett    Gap Year won a well-deserved first prize in the SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2016. It is the outcome … Continue reading

SPM Publications | Mad Weekend Promotion

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Two Poems by Clyde Kessler

Landing in Chisana   Chisana is a lost ghost town. Even the ghosts have disappeared. Spruce trees crack against starlight and something jostles an owl from a limb.   A few cabins stare at me as if grousing, long-dead gold-rushers … Continue reading


Hermit – a poem by Penny Hope

Hermit   I am a hireling; garden ornament, fount of wisdom, morose and pensive resident. They bring me remnants from their banquets: roasted partridge; squabs from the dovecote – small specimens to delight my palate – but I feel for … Continue reading


Showering Grandma – a poem by Roger Elkin

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Showering Grandma   You sensed she’d reckoned right from the start we were kitting-out this wet-room especially for her.   That’s why she sits resplendent now on the bath-stool she’s placed just-so beneath the snaking shower head.   Only those … Continue reading