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Jacob Dengate

A Sojourn in Suburbia

People squint in the street, bathed in the flashing lights
Sirens scream in the dark, shadows dart for shelter
Stoners mooch through the park, congregations of the night
A couple on the pavement near the launderette bicker
Inside: anger
An old lady spitting
Lacey smalls torn up, ‘Nothing ever works round here’
Splintering glass
Running footsteps down the street
A homeless man cowers in the wreckage of a bus shelter

These are mock Tudor houses with ornamental door knockers
A notice flaps in the breeze from an overstuffed wheelie bin
That blinking streetlight casts an intermittent shadow
On the lovers kissing over by the boarded up chippie
A green garage
With a ‘keep clear’ sign
Blocked by a Range Rover
A ‘help for heroes’ sticker
Black water bubbles through an overflowing storm drain
Crisp packets dance around the limbs of a dead tree

Groups of teens laugh
Addled at the pizza joint
Harsh tones across the road
A drug deal meets boiling point
A clatter as a badger sniffs
Around the skips behind the Co-op
It has half an ear and its stare is like ice

Past the empty blue flats that overlook the powerplant
The wrecking crew have packed up leaving their toys behind
A bulldozer waits shaded in menace
In its steel the blinking sign of a local church is reflected
No souls to be saved, these souls are long gone
Moved on up
Moved out
But never moving on
Sounds on the wind bring promise
Of salvation from a different place
It’s always Friday night in town and the prices are ace

A Sojourn in Suburbia by Jacob Dengate was commended in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (November 2019) judged by Oz Hardwick.

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Vol.5. No.2 delayed

The publication of Sentinel Literary Quarterly Vol.5. No.2 which was due on 31st of January 2012 has been delayed and will be published on the 12th of February.

This delay has been caused by transition gremlins as we now publish the magazine in print as well as online with effect from the new issue. We have proudly been on time for years and will continue to be on time as soon as this gets done. The SLQ team is working hard at making the magazine one you will continue to love and support.

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Nnorom Azuonye
Publisher & Managing Editor

Sentinel Champions magazine #6 published

We are pleased to announce the publication of issue #6 of Sentinel Champions – the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Writing Competitions magazine.

Sentinel Champions #6

In this issue;

Short Stories

The Scream – Samantha Symonds

Mayday – Andrew Campbell-Kearsey

Love at First Site – Andrew Campbell-Kearsey

A Way with the Kids – Sharon Birch

Crown of Burrs – G.H. Zitzelsberger

The Green Gators – Joey C. Aglasi


Getting Married with Gertrude Stein – Nicholas Y.B. Wong

Teaching English Poetry in Hong Kong – Nicholas Y.B. Wong

Thoughts on a Bad Day – Emanuela Puosi

Spock – Christian Ward

Tastes of Blue – Warren Paul Glover

Edinburgh – Warren Paul Glover

Voice in the Night – John Cooper

Leaving Day – John Cooper

The Age of No Dog – Mandy Pannett

Move On – Mark Borg

Please Destroy – Catherine Pitt

When Kieron Came – Heather Buswell

Dorm – Ilya Meylakh

Lines – Kate Barnett


Adventures in Writing Competitions Administration – Nnorom Azuonye

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