In the Garden of England
colour leaches from the landscape.
A grass snake skulks motionless
among dinner-plate lily pads,
black bead eyes alert for prey.
Torpid fish gasp on the oily surface.
Apples burden orchard boughs
hopbine tendrils twine round wires.
Time becomes suspended by dread –
while your young life ebbs
measured by morphine.
News of your death
Now to be forever linked
with our first glimpse of the deer –
pricked ears, tails flicking
among bleached grass
as a thunderhead
towers over the Weald.
Drought Summer by Clare Marsh was highly commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2020) judged by Roger Elkin.
Enjoying Sunlight with John Donne in Derek Jarman’s Garden by Mandy Pannett was highly commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2021 judged by Roger Elkin.
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Pannett, former Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Editor, teaches English to pupils with a range of abilities and leads creative writing workshops in various parts of the country. She runs an Arts Cafe and is involved in working with local writing groups.
Her books include Bee Purple and Frost Hollow (Oversteps Books), All the Invisibles (SPM Publications), The Wulf Enigma (Circaidy Gregory Press), Jongleur in the Courtyard (Indigo Dreams Publishing), and The Onion Stone (Pewter Rose Press). Her work has been widely published in the UK, Europe, Canada and the States as well as online. A new pamphlet The Daedalus Files (SPM Publications) is due on 28th February 2021.
Red Stilettos is a poem by Caroline Bracken highly commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2020) judged by Roger Elkin.
Caroline Bracken’s poems have been published in The North, Abridged, the Irish Times, the Fish Anthology, Poetry Jukebox, Skylight 47, and forthcoming in Best New British and Irish Poets 2021. She is a finalist in the Manchester Poetry Writing Prize 2020.
Read the poem here.