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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)

 

 

ROBERT LEE FRAZIER

 

Sense of Inevitability

I can endure lifeís sorrows
piled high up on my shoulders.
Like great mounds raised
up for heathen gods!

Yet the smallest bit of happiness
sends me crawling for cover.
Itís like a deep breath
before an icy plunge.

I wait helplessly,
with a dark sense of inevitability.
that has been learned from years
of disappointments.

I can endure lifeís sorrows
But happiness makes me afraid.


Hello Mister Midnight

Hello Mister Midnight,
Itís me your old friend
Looks like Iíve been screwed by insomnia again.

I wish it were amnesia so I could forget -
The lights are off
But it doesnít matter,
Iíve memorized the layout of the rooms.

I feel a strange comfort
Just listening to the breathing
From my children as I tip-toe through the halls.

The calm and the quiet
Ease my pain a little
Maybe things will be better tomorrow?
 


The Faces of Death

I have seen fire,
roll across the skin of a living man
who was caught between flame & fuel,
burning brighter than the sun.

I have seen ice,
crack across the face of a young man,
whose heart stopped
as he was turning blue in the sea.

I have seen wind,
race across the face of a small boy,
who was mashed in a motor accident.

They will all be with me - forever.
 

 

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IROBI IN SENTINEL
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POETRY

 

Robert Lee Frazier has published prose in Six Sentences, the Happy Magazine and Black Lantern; and poetry in Marymark Press, The Haight-Ashbury Review, The Freefall Review and The Houston Literary Review. He also has two short stories that will be published this year in separate anthologies one by House of horror and the other by Shadowfire Press.

 

 

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