Judge’s Report and Results, January 2022

We are pleased to announce the results of the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (January 2022) judged by Mark Totterdell.

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Hugo Jeudy – The certainty of your goodness

Last night a boat came in to Ramadi.
Blindfolded with rocks, I dreamt of my sisters.

There is a rash in this desert
a wind in your gaze.

Along the edge of your absence, the warm
forehead of a child had followed me.
It is always so cold in the staircase of our names.

Beloved, the word erases
the hand.
The snow beats the measure of our love
and it is a life which uncovers its shadow at last.

My throat knots up; and the pontoon forgets your hand,
but you lie down, and the dried blood of my bird
comes to huddle against your life.

Braid your tears to the fields that will not come
and whisper this blue star before kissing my wrist.

Your tears are in Ramadi.
How I would have liked to make a hem to your distress.
Your tears are in Ramadi.
I was so scared you would return.

‘The certainty of your goodness’ by Hugo Jeudy received a special mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2021) judged by Rachel Long.

Clare Starling – Pokémon In The Cemetery

Pokémon In The Cemetery

At the grave of Blondin Tightrope Walker
You got two Great Balls and a Pinap Berry

At the Mausoleum of James Morrison
You battled with a Growlithe
You beat it easily with your Sandslash

At the Soyer Tomb
Grade II Listed by English Heritage
You evolved your Woobat
Into a Swoobat

Walking west, the canal was there
Beyond the railings
And woodland sheltered older graves

A woman passed us with wrapped flowers
I did not raise my head in time
To meet her eyes with an apology

Me and you, spending this morning
Smelling the turning leaves
Feeling the misty rain
Wiping it away from the bright screen.

‘Pokémon In The Cemetery’ by Clare Starling received a Special Mention in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2021) judged by Rachel Long.


Clare Starling has written fiction for many years but only recently fell in love with reading and writing poetry. She writes a poem every day and loves using words to capture a moment of life. She is an expert in equalities policy and a Goldsmiths graduate, and lives in London with her husband and Pokémon-loving son.

Enter the current Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition. Prizing poetry…since July 2009.