Thursday, 6 August 2020

SLQ Daily - 07 August 2020

 Read of the day

Third Culture Kid

Across the aisle sweet grapes
and proud strawberries scream
at me. How dare I reach out
to them and their sentiments.

Next to me lay lychee, longan
and Spanish lime. Foreign yet
somehow familiar. Why did I sit
beside them? They never knew.

Even amongst the common oranges
I feel the sting of their citrus
and migrate towards the pears.
How bland and miserable they are.

Harsh Ramchandani is a Hong Kong based creative artist with a background in media. He has dabbled in the visual arts, sound design, and more recently in the world of creative writing. 'Third Culture Kid' won third prize in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition in November 2018 judged by Dominic James.

Blast from the past

Lament Of The Sky I

Red shadows against vermillion plains
Broken bodies mangled limbs and eyes staccato

Shadows living and partly living shadows
Drifting in splendour vacuum of green waste

Hands puckering out of faces
Feet cancering out of necks

Three-headed babies with rabbit-babies
Grinning white skull teeth maizecob-compact
At the white satanic face of the sky

Red groans of the silence
In silence

The hoofed-man debris of men
Grotesque tailed egg broken furred in redseadeath:

Pendulous scrotal sacs growing out of human eyes
Out of vultures's heads floating
In the greenplain cannonlaughter
Of rainwashed emptiness

Distorted incarnations
Out of the beleaguered wombs of the earth:
Open vestibules between thighs drawn apart
Latched by booted feet growing out of a woman's breast
A dismembered penis is floating across parted lips
Under the seer batwings of the lethal sky

The power and the glory of centuries
The silence of the sky

Now the giant irokohead of black smoke
Fades with the memory of the dead

Out of the breakages
Sprout leaves of grass

The sun in goldsea rains at dawn or dusk
Without light and warmth

The bomb-craters are lakes of green
Where fall the shadows
Where float red smell of putrid flesh
Where shine golden stars
Eight-pointed golden stars
In haloed coronets on the head of darkness

White shadows of the red nightmare
Crushed testicles on green grass
The yellow smell of death in the flames of flowers.

'Lament Of The Sky I' by Chukwuma Azuonye from his collection Testaments Of Thunder: Poems of Crisis and War (Nsibidi, 2002) was published in Sentinel Poetry (Online) Magazine, May 2003.


Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31 October 2020
You are invited to enter your poem or suite of poems in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (October 2020) to be judged by Roger Elkin. This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long.
Prizes: £250 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £30 x 3 (High Commendation), £15 x 3 (Commendation), 3 x SLQ magazine paperback (Special Mentions.)
Entry Fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7, £22/10
For full terms and conditions, to enter online or by post, the address is
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Prizing poetry...since July 2009

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