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Welcome to SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY

Vol.3. No. 4. July - September 2010

 


CONTRIBUTORS

ESIABA IROBI, TRIBUTES

SECTIONS

Afam Akeh
Andy Willoughby
Claire Girvan
Christian Ward
Derek Adams
Esiaba Irobi
Hannah Lowe
Hunter Liguore
Ikechukwu Obialo Azuonye
Karunamay Sinha
Kate Horsley
Laura Solomon
Lookman Sanusi
Malcolm Bray
Mark Lewis
Moa-Aaricia Lindunger
N Quentin Woolf
Nina Romano
Nnorom Azuonye
Norbert O. Eze
Olu Oguibe
Pius Adesanmi
Robert Lee Frazier
Toyin Adepoju
Uche Nduka
Wayne Scheer
Zino Asalor
 

Edited by

Andy Willoughby

and Bob Beagrie

 

This issue of SLQ is dedicated to the memory of

ESIABA IROBI (1960 - 2010)

 

 

CHRISTIAN WARD

 

Civvies

 

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!

 

                               Wilfred Owen

 

None of the class could put their uniform

on in under a minute, fit their gas masks

 

and speak in a BBC accent. Two ran off

to explore World War Two but got lost

 

in the Blitz. Boys cooed at machine gun

nests and gagged at the taste of canned beef,

 

mistaking it for mustard gas. Everyone

laughed at the tour guide's rendition

 

of "Oh! It's a Lovely War" but wept

when someone's mobile phone went off,

 

blaring Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean".

Some of the older children vowed

 

to enlist in Kitchener's army if

he was still around, tattooing

 

God Save the King on their forearms

during lunch. Nobody chewed the words

 

of "Dulce et Decorum est" thoroughly.

At the end of the day, everyone carved

 

trenches into their desks and stared

at the clock, waiting for it to drop like a bomb.

 

 

'Civvies' is the 3rd Prize Winner, SLQ Poetry Competition July 2010.

 
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Christian Ward is a 29 year old London-based poet currently studying an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. His poetry has appeared in Iota, Poetry Wales and the Warwick Review. He won First Prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (April 2010)

 

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