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Welcome to SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY

Vol.3. No. 2. January 2010

 


CONTRIBUTORS

POETRY

SECTIONS

Andrew Campbell-Kearsey
Claire Godden-Rowland
Dike Okoro
Dominic James
Emmanuel Sigauke
Mandy Pannett
Noel Williams
N Quentin Woolf
Olu Oguibe
Paul Jeffcutt
Sharma Taylor
Susanna Roxman
W Jack Savage

 

INSTAMATIC

by

Noel Williams

 

As if stepping from a there

I couldn’t imagine, into

a here I dare not believe,

 

fronds of willowherb head high

unclasp – she dazzles.

Wishes drift around her, aureole of seeds.

 

Only a photo. 35mm. Square.

Shotover, Oxford. Summer, ‘73.

The blonde of that bright day

 

is pale now as onionskin,

her hair fused into the stalks

fused into the paper fused

 

into forgetfulness.

My memory of the photograph

is stronger than its memory of that hour.

 

Sometimes she smiles for me

but I see the photograph,

now the wishes flower.

 

 

"Instamatic" is the First Prize winning poem in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (January 2010)

 

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Since 2007 Noel Williams has had one short story and 66 poems accepted for 28 magazines and 6 anthologies, won 6 prizes and been shortlisted or commended in 12 others.
 

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