11 July 2020

Read of the day

Instagramophobe by Nathaniel Frankland

‘I’m an acrophobe’, so reads my daily reservation,
On sunless nights sat alone in the
Vertical Bar (Never a cancellation)
Right side of the rooftop,
Wrong side of the Earth…
And, as the barman flicks on another television screen,
I’m glued to the cable wire with
Eyes that fade to pools of
Green food dye,
Even butterflies don’t fly this high.

Instagramophobe by Nathaniel Frankland was commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition March/April 2020 judged by Mandy Pannett. Read the full poem here >>

– Monday Writer –

SLQ Monday Writer 6th July 2020

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Monday Writer 6th July 2020 is amu nnadi, an award-winning poet from Nigeria. We are happy to share one of his poems here:


autumn grows old on me
weary leaves, cold sidewalks
and creaky trees leaning on bent canes
i grow old with it, weary from running mile
after mile, my head crowned
with its changing hairs like
this city

the chill clasps mean fingers round my throat
the only drink i offer arlington, brutal host
with scarce a smile, i have
nothing to smile about, so i stare back
tears forming, heart unfeeling, hands
stuck deep into deeper pockets
where the last coins tell you
how far from home you are

it is strange how sometimes you cry
without feeling
like meat thawing, losing arrogance
benumbed more from fears of the unknown
than these stark reminders that slowly,
everything finds its way home

you think of home when everything is strangely
suffocating, when duvets are not enough
you think of growing old
when all around you leaves brown, trees
undress, reveal bare essentials,
grey mourning grey mornings reveal
as we inch slowly, slowly
to our destination

home comes soon enough for those
who grow old, grow weary
from all the miles run, naked from
all the leaves shed, trees
that drop their weary souls on you,
awaiting the rebirth of a season, awaiting
a new place

home comes soon enough
for those who grow old

© amu nnadi, through the window of a sandcastle, 2013

Read the interview and other poems at https://sentinelquarterly.com/monday-writer/amu-nnadi-2/


SLQ Monday Writer 13th July 2020

We are pleased to announce that our Monday Writer for 13th July 2020 is Dorset poet Lesley Burt.
The link to her feature will be on the SLQ Daily 13.07.2020


Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (July 2020)

Closing date: 31st July, 2020

Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Poems posted on members-only non-public groups for review/critique as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. We discourage simultaneous submissions; please only enter poems that are not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Prizes: £250 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £30 x 3 (High Commendation), £15 x (Commendation),
3 x SLQ Paperback (Special Mentions)
Fees £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7, £22/10)
Results: 31 August, 2020

Enter competition now>>