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Welcome to SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY

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

 


CONTRIBUTORS

POETRY

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
 

 

This issue of SLQ is dedicated to the memory of

ESIABA IROBI (1960 - 2010)

 

 

IKECHUKWU OBIALO AZUONYE

 

January Themes

 

We have thrown our bivouac fires
to the four winds;
we have cast the myth of our shoulders
into the black forest


our silenced iron gongs
with quenched fires
crash tree-like into the woods
into the rivers
fall by the pathway
and suck in the sand


those that trembled at our word
yesterday
stand today
and dare us to our myth
Gods have become men
in the impulse of a night!

 

(January Themes was first published in Nsukka Harvest in 1972)

 

 

Untitled I (2010)

 

I am not, you see, a poet
but, sometimes, after eight
I wonder if I might be

My allusions are transparent
it is all apparent
and
most of the time
my lines do not rhyme

My images do not soar
on the winds of heaven
high above the places
where condors might dare
or bind you in beauty
that sears like lightning
until you cry out with joy

The music of my phrases
falls short of symphonic
and
my words do not take you
to that golden place, that golden place
where you may find, you,
every poem that will be written
every poem that will be written

I am not, you see, a poet
but, sometimes, after eight
I wonder if I might be.
 

 

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Ikechukwu Obialo Azuonye was born and raised in Eastern Nigeria. He qualified as a medical doctor in 1976. Came to the UK for specialist training in 1979 and was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist in 1985. He has written two books about American politics and society (as a result of which he enjoyed Visiting Scholar status to three universities in the USA.) He left the National Health Service in 2004 to work in the independent and private sector. Now based in Harley Street, London, W1.

 

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