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‘As I Walked Out One Evening’ by W. H. Auden

‘As I Walked Out One Evening’

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“As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
‘Love has no ending.

‘I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street…”

You can read the complete poem here. W. H Auden was born on this day in 1907, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets or come along to Farnham Library  on the 8th March for a night of T. S. Eliot poetry.

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‘Falling Ill’ – Book of the Week

‘Falling Ill’ by C. K. Williams5185cpgclkl

Available from Surrey Libraries. (A small request charge may apply).

Have you read it? Please leave a review on our catalogue.

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‘Mount Street Gardens’ by Frederick Seidel

‘Mount Street Gardens’

by Frederick Seidel

“I’m talking about Mount Street.
Jackhammers give it the staggers.
They’re tearing up dear Mount Street.
It’s got a torn-up face like Mick Jagger’s.

I mean, this is Mount Street!
Scott’s restaurant, the choicest oysters, brilliant fish;
Purdey, the great shotgun maker—the street is complete
Posh plush and (except for Marc Jacobs) so English…”

You can read the complete here. Frederick Seidel was born on this day in 1936, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets or come along to Farnham Library  on the 8th March for a night of T. S. Eliot poetry.

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‘Reading Group 1 Cobham’ by Marion Edwards

‘Reading Group 1 Cobham’

by Marion Edwards

“The ladies of the reading group
Meet once a month you see
We discuss the book we all have read
But often disagree
Some say they have enjoyed it
While others look amazed
Did you really enjoy it?
You must be slightly crazed
The discussion is light hearted
We all enjoy a laugh
Then having had a chat
Our evening is complete
And clutching next month’s book
We reluctantly retreat.”

A big thank you to Cobham Library user Marion Edwards for sending this to us. Visit the Surrey Libraries Website to see how we support reading groups.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets or come along to Farnham Library  on the 8th March for a night of T. S. Eliot poetry.

 

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‘She Walks In Beauty’ by George Gordon Byron

‘She Walks In Beauty’

by George Gordon Byron

“She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!”

A love poem to give you a break from the endless “roses are red…” parodies, Happy Valentine’s Day.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets or come along to Farnham Library  on the 8th March for a night of T. S. Eliot poetry.

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‘Santiago’ – Book of the Week

‘Santiago’ by Cheryl Follon51n4k0744kl

Available from Surrey Libraries. (A small request charge may apply).

Have you read it? Please leave a review on our catalogue.

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‘The Festival’ by Roy Fuller

‘The Festival’

by Roy Fuller

“The natives are singing by the shining arch
Whose whiteness breaks the gazing jewelled sky.
The skin is mirrors; march and counter-march
Display the painted feathers, dazzlingly
The curling snowy wool. The dancers shout,
The priests are gorgeous. The blue plain is dry.
Under the ritual robes the sores break out,
Concealed there are the scars and stumps of war.
The whole and dying move alike in rout:
And the most agile are the lepers or
Most lovely the disfigured; the deficient
Are priests, the temporal leaders, skilled in lore:
In general sloth evil alone efficient…”

You can read the complete poem here. Roy Fuller was born on this day in 1912, you can read more of his work through Surrey Libraries.

Want more? Take a look at our Words in Focus book, full of great work by Surrey Poets or come along to Farnham Library  on the 8th March for a night of T. S. Eliot poetry.

 

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